Cybersecurity: 7 ways to protect your business

In 2021, businesses suffered an average of 13% more cyberattacks than in the previous year, reveals a report by cybersecurity firm Orange Cyberdéfense. Ransomware, hacking, account hijacking, identity theft, viruses, data breaches, phishing... While attempted scams are numerous, seven simple reflexes to adopt can help limit them.

1. Raising employee awareness

Raising employee awareness of cybersecurity may involve adopting an IT charter specifying the conditions of use of the company's IT equipment or messaging systems. It can also take the form of specific training for the most exposed positions, or the introduction of security protocols and instructions, particularly for payments.

2. Manage partner relations

Acompany 's links with its customers, suppliers, bankers and accountants all provide opportunities for fraudsters to defraud it. To better protect the structure, it is necessary toestablish precise protocols for carrying out banking operations.

3. Securing your website

Companies with a website need to ensure that it is secure, to avoid damaging their professional credibility. To this end, the following actions are essential:

  • install an "https" security certificate;
  • ensure the security of the payment solutions offered;
  • implement a strong authentication method ;
  • keep only useful customer data;

4. Choosing the right passwords

Computer attacks, whether they involve the hijacking of software, a merchant site or a banking application, often rely on the deciphering of a password. It is essential for companies to define a unique password for each service, device or software used. It must not contain any information that could be discovered by a third party. Finally, the password must never be stored on the equipment used.

5. Secure access to banking services

Banking applications are often targeted by fraudsters. Employees can reinforce their company's protection by not divulging their logins and passwords, and by changing the temporary code provided by the bank as soon as they receive it.

6. Protecting your Internet connection

Companies' Internet connections need to be protected from unauthorized use. This means choosing a reputable ISP and regularly consulting its security warnings. It also means configuring the Wifi network with a complex security key from the ISP's interface.

7. Securing hardware and data

Securing hardware and data is of paramount importance. Access to equipment and software must be restricted to authorized personnel. In addition, to avoid threats that could block its network or corrupt its files, it is in the company's interest to use a regularly updated antivirus and threat detection system.