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Cybersecurity in 2021: Key steps for SMBs

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SMBs have been soft targets of cybercriminals and hackers for a while now. This is largely due to the fact that these companies don’t have the expertise, budget, and understanding of how handle their cyber defenses. The first step, of course, is to identify the security concerns and find effective ways and tools to tackle each of them. In this post, we are sharing more details how small businesses can do better with cybersecurity in 2021. 

Prep for the new normal

The pandemic has impacted every sector, industry and niche, in one way or the other. For SMBS, the disruptions in operations are likely to be around for a while. This means that more employees will be working from home, offices may not resume as normally as it was before the virus turned into a global pandemic. As such, having a clear set of policies how employees, managers, and privilege users have access to resources, data, and systems is important. Create rules for using company devices, personal devices, and how different systems and networks are accessed remotely. 

Authentication beyond passwords

Strong passwords still matter. Yes, employees must use strong passwords, should change default details, and must also use a password management tool, but that’s not enough. To address the security concerns, businesses have to try other means of authentication. Multifactor authentication is no longer a choice in 2021. Ensure that your employees have remote access for doing their jobs better, but ensure that a second or third layer of authentication is added, which could be a pin, OTP, or security question. 

Restrict access

Whether it is about IP cameras, network resources, or sensitive data, it is important to ensure that only right people have access to the necessary resources. There are varied kinds of identity & access management suites that can come in handy for managing access rights, and there should be a transparent system to figure out who has access to what within an organization. Access rights should be edited, removed, added, upgraded, and changed in real time, as and when needed.

Create an incident response plan

If your company doesn’t have one already, having an incident response plan is an absolute must. It details everything that an employee, and eventually the cybersecurity team, should do to handle a security breach, if one occurs. As a business, you have to prep for the worst possible scenario, but also keep the hopes high that the incident response plan is never needed. 

Create your cybersecurity plans for 2021 now! 

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