In light of a proposed cybersecurity bill by the White House this past week, we thought it would be appropriate to highlight a few key passages from the bill and explain its recommendations to help you better protect your digital assets. While the bill’s plan is pretty basic, it contains some key cybersecurity strategies that, at the very least, won’t make a cyber intrusion an easy task for hackers.
1.) Two-Factor Authentication for Vital Passwords
A common-sense solution to improve security standards, an estimated 80% of government employees currently utilize two-factor authentication systems for sensitive account access and digital services. By implementing a two-factor authentication system, you can add an extra layer of security to important online accounts such as online banking passwords, Google accounts, and even your email. System administrators can also implement two-factor authentication for various services that walk employees through the steps to set up their systems.
2.) Keep It Up-to-Date
Whether it’s aging wireless technology on your local network, expired SSL certificates, or out-of-date operating systems, it’s important to stay abreast of the changing technology world so you can avoid vulnerabilities and make improvements to your cybersecurity as more threats are uncovered.
3.) Use Your Head
Among the most surprising aspects of the bill is its encouragement for common-sense solutions to cybersecurity. As many threats emerge due to human error or negligence, it’s important to educate your employees about password best-practices, encryption of sensitive documents, and identifying phishing scams.
4.) Stay Competent
This is a harder challenge for small or medium-sized businesses, as IT budgets rarely scale up until an attack or intrusion takes place. However, ensuring your personnel, equipment, and network infrastructure maintains a baseline level of security over the long haul is more than a full time job, so even if you have an IT expert on staff, chances are their plate is already too full.
To truly secure your business or organization against the cybersecurity threats of today and the future, you need a trusted partner in IT systems and security. CMIT Solutions of Seattle has gained the trust of Seattle business owners with fast service, expert analysis, and cutting-edge solutions. Contact us today for a free consultation on your cybersecurity solutions or to learn more about our services.
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