Your quick guide to holiday cybersecurity
It’s the holiday season, and we’re all busy. We’re also not as focused on cybersecurity as we should be. Unfortunately, cybercriminals understand that these hectic times offer opportunities for them to try to slip through security measures unnoticed. Follow these tips to help keep your company cyber safe during the holidays.
Protect data from a grinch
Back up data on a regular basis, and freeze preinfection backups. Double-check with your IT team that data backups and data replication are completing successfully and that all critical data is protected off-site. To combat data corruption in the event of a cyberattack, be ready with secure data copies that can’t be corrupted, and use them if your primary backups or replicas are attacked by a grinch.
Provide cybersecurity education
Now is a perfect time to remind your employees to think like Santa and check things twice before clicking on links and attachments from unknown sources. This simple step can go a long way in maintaining security and closing the door to intruders.
Check your business continuity plans
Remind everyone of your company’s business continuity plan. Studies show that strong business continuity plans and cybersecurity reduce the overall impact of a data breach. As the end of the year approaches, make sure your business continuity plan contact lists are up to date and that key stakeholders are aware of their roles, especially with vacations that are likely planned.
Wishing you a safe and secure holiday season. Have questions? Please contact me or an IBM expert with your cybersecurity questions.