The cybercrime landscape is a scary place, full of pitfalls that snag unwary companies. Unfortunately, every business has to navigate it to succeed, and it’s up to IT professionals to guide their organizations through that dark and dangerous place. Horrors lurk around every corner, just waiting for the opportunity to pounce on an unsuspecting business and deploy malware, steal data and unleash other terrible attacks. That thing under the bed? It’s ransomware. The scratching at the window? That’s spear phishing. And the eyes that are upon you from the closet? That’s a malicious insider. Just like the heroes in a horror movie, IT professionals can conquer security challenges when armed with the right weapons, like these 10 essentials that will help them ensure their organization lives to see another day.
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10 Must-haves to Avoid a Cybersecurity Nightmare
Are you ready to hunt down and defeat the monsters of cybersecurity that are threatening your organization? This list of 10 security must-haves can help ensure you’re prepared for trouble and ready to defeat any foul fiends that darken your door.
1. An incident response plan
To their detriment, about 50% of SMBs have no plan in place to handle cybersecurity incidents. In an IBM study, researchers noted that only 39% of organizations with a formally tested incident response plan experienced an incident at all as compared to 62% of those who didn’t have a plan.
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2. Multifactor authentication to protect credentials
This single mitigation can prevent 99% of password-based cybercrime according to the experts at Microsoft. It is also a foundational element of zero-trust security as well as a requirement for compliance with HIPAA, PCI-DSS, CJIS, FFIECC, new federal rules and other data privacy rules.
3. A strong cybersecurity culture
Building a strong cybersecurity culture benefits businesses in so many ways. When everyone is invested in information security, policies and rules are more likely to be followed, keeping data and systems safe while reducing the chance of incidents from employee error and malicious insider threats.
4. Email security that locks down your perimeter
In one quarter this year, the Anti Phishing Working Group (APWG) observed 1,097,811 total phishing attacks — the worst quarter for phishing that APWG has ever observed. The right email security solution will block nearly all phishing messages before they reach a company inbox to prevent those menaces from tricking a hapless employee.
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5. A roadmap to implement a zero-trust framework
Federal technology experts in concert with major tech companies are setting rules and standards that encourage adherence to zero trust principles to ensure a reduced threat surface, a limited possibility for data exfiltration, maximized use and authority of authentication and improving overall cyber resilience.
6. Threat intelligence from the dark web
The dark web economy is booming and that creates trouble for businesses in myriad ways. Credentials were the top type of information stolen in data breaches worldwide in 2020, and more than 2 billion of them arrived on the dark web last year, providing ample fuel for cybercrime.
7. Security awareness training run at the right cadence
Security awareness training is a powerful tool to use in the fight against cybercrime and is extremely effective. Businesses that run regular security awareness training reduce their chances of experiencing a damaging cybersecurity incident by up to 70%.
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8. A culture that encourages employees to report problems without fear of repercussion
Part of having a healthy cybersecurity culture is encouraging employees to ask for help and report trouble. Yet, a third of employees say they don’t report incidents for fear of getting in trouble, losing their jobs or being forced to take security awareness training (which should never be used as a punishment).
9. Security automation at work for you
If security automation is the way of the future, then the future is now — and it’s all about savings. Security automation can save more than 80% of the cost of manual security, boost the caseload capacity of your SOC by 300% and save up to 50% of incident recovery costs.
10. The right pieces in place for cyber resilience
Cyber resilience can be the difference between a security incident and a security disaster. IBM researchers note that for leaders in cyber resilience, only one in 27 cyberattacks actually breach security as opposed to the one in eight cyberattacks that breach the security of companies that lag behind.
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Graphus’ AI-powered email security is a powerful defense against today’s most spine-chilling email-based threats. Compared to built-in email protection or an SEG, automated, API-based email security solutions like Graphus prevent 40% more spear phishing messages from reaching an employee’s inbox. Here’s how:
- TrustGraph is a powerful shield between employee inboxes and malicious messages. This proprietary technology uses more than 50 distinct data points to discover up to 99% of sophisticated phishing messages, even zero-day attacks.
- EmployeeShield displays a bright, prominent box on suspicious messages, reminding them to be cautious. Employees can designate a message as genuine or malicious with a single click.
- Phish911 makes it simple for employees to report any message that they don’t think is safe. When an employee reports a potentially malicious email, the message is immediately removed from everyone’s inboxes.
- Simple deployment and effortless integration via API with Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace.
- Half the price of the competition.