Have you assessed your company's cybersecurity risks? Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 01:00 AM

Throughout the pandemic, businesses have become more reliant on the Internet and in technology that allows them to safely connect with employees and customers. Invoicing and payments online, Zoom meetings, and communication platforms like Slack and Microsoft Teams have allowed businesses to continue to operate amid COVID-19 restrictions. But all of this interconnectedness comes with risk. Increased reliance on web-based technology can leave a company vulnerable to fraudsters and hackers. If your company has not conducted a review of its cybersecurity efforts recently, now is the time to act--before the busy season gets underway.

Each employee must be educated on proper security measures so that the entire team is aware of their role. It just takes one person, one moment of distraction, to leave a company vulnerable to attack. But regular communication can make online safety part of the daily work routine. Just as you offer safety talks to reinforce the importance of physical safety, regular reminders of online/IT safety are key.

There are cybersecurity firms whose sole purpose is to help businesses reduce their risks. For those who prefer to take a DIY approach, there are a number of resources that can guide you through your own cyber risk assessment.

  • The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) offers Cyber Essentials Toolkits. The toolkits are a series of modules based on CISA’s six “essential elements” in creating a culture of cyber readiness. It focuses on what company leaders and IT professionals can do to keep the virtual office secure and enlist all staff to do their part in the effort.
  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers Cybersecurity for Small Businesses with online information for protecting your company, printable materials, and a guide for employers.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a number of cybersecurity resources via Ready.gov.

Conducting a cybersecurity audit can help you protect your company assets as well as the data of your staff and clients.

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