Global spending on cybersecurity is estimated to cross $133.8 billion by 2022. Given the rising threat of cybercrime in the recent past, enterprises have little choice but to enact more aggressive security measures. Here are 6 of the best cybersecurity practices that every organization needs to follow to ensure robust cybersecurity across the enterprise.

Deploy firewalls 

Firewalls are not just a plug-n-play solution. In the face of smarter and more insidious cyber threats enterprises need more sophisticated firewalls. An ideal firewall strategy is to deploy a Defense in Depth (DiD) approach to security architecture which uses multiple, layered firewalls. This approach ensures that all valuable data and information is protected both internally and externally.  

Backup your data on external drives 

This may seem like an obvious point but it’s often overlooked. An organization’s strength lies in its data – everything from intellectual property to operational information. Organizations should maintain a regular back-up cycle for their data to an external, non-cloud destination. This ensures the organization is protected against ransomware or data corruption attacks. 

Restrict third-party access to data  

Monitor data access by third parties such as consultants, suppliers, and also customers who have been given temporary access to your company’s network. Restrict access and deactivate the same immediately the purpose of sharing access is served. This is where an identity and access management solution can help. 

Upgrade software immediately upon availability  

A security system usually includes protections such as antivirus and malware detection. These are regularly updated by the makers to guard against new cyber threats. Keep your security software, browsers, and operating systems updated with the latest protections. Make these investments early to protect your business from any financial and compliance risks in the future. 

Use hard-to-guess-passwords 

Cybercriminals are using advanced hacking tools to crack even the most complex passwords. The best way to counter this is by encouraging your employees to use phrases that are long and complex to guess but easy to remember by them. This has proven to be an effective approach to thwarting brute-force tools that can hack passwords with 10 or less characters. Also, deploy a password expiry mechanism that would alert employees to change their passwords regularly enough for enhanced protection.   

Spread cybersecurity awareness among employees 

Direct your employees to report security warnings generated by security softwares to IT. Spread awareness among your employees about tech support spams and other phishing techniques used by hackers. In order to safeguard against potential hackers, educate your employees about avoiding pop-ups, unknown e-mails, and links that could be embedded with viruses and malware.