It is unimaginable that any business would pour all its resources into safeguarding their network or data. However, successful cyber-attacks have increased at such a rapid level the cyber threat has to become a part of business risk calculation. Let’s say that a business owner used the internet to establish its business, and now that business is successful. As the revenues grow for that business, the potential for loss also grows. Therefore, it is prudent that the business owner lowers their cyber risk and implements practices making a catastrophic loss less likely.
Businesses and IT professionals need to develop skills allowing a proactive approach to cyber intrusion and data loss prevention if they sincerely want to combat cybercrimes. IT professionals should not be the first line of defense. If employees can act as the eyes and ears, the IT professional can better work to understanding what is occurring in the environment.
All IT professionals should be continuously working towards being an IT Security professional. This can only be accomplished if the organization has a corporate culture that addresses the prevention of cybercrime and respects the information and data it collects. In this culture, all departments must train their staff on cyber threats, such as phishing, so that they will know if a game is being run on them. Employees also need to understand the broader picture, so they can suspend disbelief when they see events that seem “out of place.”
The greatest hacks are subtle, but there are usually clues that “something” is occurring. Ready.gov provides some free resources to assist businesses in maintaining business processes should a cyber disaster occur.
“An information technology disaster recovery plan (IT DRP) should be developed in conjunction with the business continuity plan,” according to ready.gov. This will assist in determining priorities and expectations for recovery time. During any disaster, there is confusion and heightened emotion, and this can ultimately kill a business. A sound approach to recovery might positively determine the overall outcome of the event. A business recovering from a cyber-event will excel or falter based on its effective strategies to restore hardware, applications, and data within a timed framework.
The impact of data loss or corruption from hardware failure, human error, hacking, or malware could be significant. A plan for data backup and restoration of electronic information is therefore essential, especially as ransomware attacks are increasing. Companies must have a way to recreate the database, whatever the reason for data loss.
In most cases, good business policies and procedures prove to be instrumental in a successful data recovery process. This is the case because if the organization’s culture stresses the need to keep backups, and has proper recovery software, it won’t have to spend excessively to recreate vital information. Also, if the company encounters any future hacks or loss of data, they can easily recover it through their systems rather than depending upon external sources.
Moreover, an organization can prevent cybercrime is by installing various security protocols in the business’ internal network. The protocols might limit employee access or restrict data fields. Doing this will allow a business to help employees not make the errors that account for many of the breaches. It also assists the business owner to understand the subtle changes in the business environment that potentially suggests insider threats or electronic fraud. Ultimately, the protocols will also protect consumer information. Specifically, clients who are using company applications will be protected, and the company will limit its liabilities.
Apart from this, the staff or employees require minimum technological proficiency. You can’t provide staff with an operational or continuity plan and expect them to do tasks requiring technical competency that is outside of their training. The reason for this is quite simple; if the employee doesn’t know how to use certain software, they are bound to make “miscellaneous errors” or fail you in the businesses’ time of need. Verizon describes these errors as ‘incidents’ or ‘unintentional actions,’ which compromise the cybersecurity of informational assets.
I believe all employees want to keep their jobs. So, when they understand how a cyber-attack jeopardizes the health of the company, they will respond accordingly. When they understand that extreme costs to the business will mean cuts to the workforce they will care and support security activities.