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2 things you should remember for your 2017 cybersecurity strategy

The bad guys are always finding new ways to infiltrate all those devices of yours. And 2017 will be no different. Hackers and cyber thieves are getting more devious and their threats are getting more toxic. And once they get into your device, they can do a whole lot of harm in no time at all.

So the question ultimately becomes: What are you going to do in 2017 to protect your technology, data, and business as a whole from cybersecurity threats?

As you turn your attention to the coming year, here’s what you should keep at the forefront of your cybersecurity strategy.

Cover all those connected devices. All of them.

From tablets and laptops to smartphones and PCs, people use their personal technology to finish up projects, tasks, and activities when they’re on the go and out of the office. This is how the modern working society operates, and there’s not a single thing wrong with it. People are more productive as a result.

However, this doesn’t come without compromise.

When you allow people to maneuver through work assignments using whatever connection and device they choose, your business is put at risk. Your employees might connect to a fake Wi-Fi hotspot and as a result, unknowingly hand over data to a cyber-thief. Or one of your employees might forget their work phone in a grocery cart or have their laptop stolen out of their car – both scenarios are the makings of a major data breach.

To combat situations like these, you must find a way to proactively control all devices that access sensitive company data. This includes drafting a comprehensive BYOD policy that details how employees should connect, what they are and are not allowed to access, and what happens when a device is a lost or stolen.

Watch your back. Internally.

Not everyone is out to get you… but unfortunately, some of your employees might be. Because of this, you must employ safeguards to protect your data. However, this isn’t what you really must watch out for.

While some employees might have malicious intentions when it comes to your business data, this doesn’t always have to be the case for things to go awry internally. Sometimes all it takes is for one untrained employee to write down the wrong password or to hold the door open for the wrong person.

You should heavily consider offering cybersecurity trainings for your staff. But this isn’t a one-and-done type of thing. This internal training should be ongoing and occur at least once a quarter. Train your staff on the cybersecurity basics and inform them of the most prevalent threats that exist in the IT realm. This way, your staff will actually know what to look out for and how to avoid common threats.

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