Fabrice Le Page, bitdefender
We are currently in the midst of a pandemic which has prompted many small and medium-sized enterprises in different sectors to employ some, if not all, of their employees, from their homes, outside their company’s secure network. Without adequate protection, the endpoints of these employees, their laptops, their messaging and even their mobile devices could easily be hacked. Of course, even corporate servers and physical workstations within the corporate security perimeter are vulnerable to attack. Spam, phishing, Trojans or DDoS attacks are just a few cyber threats that can lead to loss of data, money, and / or reputation.
To protect themselves from these threats, companies must proactively take security measures. They must implement cybersecurity strategies and deploy security solutions including endpoint protection, risk management, analysis, prevention and investigation of attacks. It is indeed better to create a secure network and keep control of it than to simply react to violations once they have occurred.
Putting in place cybersecurity strategies to supervise staff and their behavior towards technologies implies creating a set of rules and regulations within the company, identifying their assets and potential threats on them, and define how to protect them from cyber threats and how to react to these situations if necessary. A good cybersecurity strategy allows the departments in charge of information security to locate processes and infrastructures that do not respect it and thus to be able to correct problems. Security policies must be kept up to date with the latest threat vectors, the latest risks, and the latest compliance requirements. To be effective, such a strategy must cover three fundamental pillars: technologies, people and processes. It should address the issue of malware as well as the application of patches and provide information on how employees can use the company’s infrastructure.
If the human is the heart of any organization, human being also consists in making mistakes. And by making mistakes, they expose their business to cyber attacks. When selecting a security solution, companies must therefore also take into account the human element and have the possibility of measuring the risks associated with user actions. Companies must also provide cybersecurity training for their employees and regularly test their skills.
Proactivity when implementing security measures in small and medium-sized businesses is to have all aspects of the business covered by the security strategy, because good security will always be limited by its weakest link. Companies must therefore rely on security solutions that combine complete protection of workstations and physical and virtual servers, endpoints and e-mail in the cloud, on mobile devices while providing anti-malware and anti-spam security. for messaging. Bitdefender GravityZone Elite protects businesses from the entire spectrum of sophisticated cyber threats by providing multiple layers of protection managed from a single console to minimize administration costs while providing absolute visibility and control.
Other measures also deserve to be considered: carrying out penetration tests, if the budget allows, implementing and applying a strategy for applying patches to complete endpoint protection, and the creation of an intervention plan in the event of data breaches. These measures must involve the main departments of the company (IT department, legal department and public relations) in the face of the most unfavorable scenario. Preparation is essential. In the event that a violation still occurs, the processes in place and the reaction must have been planned in advance.
Other reactive security measures must be taken after an attack. This will include assessing the threat and the extent of the damage inflicted. Prior to remediation, creating backup images of affected systems for review will help security personnel and authorities understand how the malware works and can potentially help identify cybercriminals. Communication with the company’s customers, in the event of information exposure, is also an additional step to protect both its image and the privacy rights of its customers.