June 2024
Refresh Your Cybersecurity: Time for a Digital Spring Clean

02 May 2024

With spring season here, it’s time for a digital refresh. That said, cybersecurity should be a continuous focus for organisations, not just a seasonal concern. With threats and companies’ employee base changing constantly, cybersecurity reviews should be conducted frequently.

Cybersecurity Tips for Spring-cleaning Your Digital Environment

Cyber-attackers are continually developing new tactics to defraud online victims. Following is a spring-cleaning checklist to fortify your cybersecurity for a healthy digital environment.

Educate your employees

Your employees are your first line of defence against mounting cyber-attacks so it’s important to regularly refresh their knowledge about cyber risks and best practices. While spring is an ideal time to make this a focus, an always-on approach to cybersecurity is paramount and should be actively encouraged.

Remove the digital clutter

Besides unnecessarily burdening the data storage space, obsolete user accounts become a potential attack vector for cybercriminals. Ensure that you declutter your servers, applications, and accounts by removing the unused ones. If you have an account within an unused app, begin by deleting the account first before removing the app itself.

Top tip: This clean-up exercise should also be extended to your desk and devices. File away or dispose of all your digital imprints offline by shredding them to prevent them from becoming lost or stolen. When disposing of old tech devices such as laptops and phones, you must delete your data from the devices and perform a factory reset before disposal.

Review your online accounts

Social media accounts can serve as potential entry points for hackers, so it’s vital to remain vigilant and maintain control over your profiles, accounts, and overall digital footprint. Review your location, privacy, and security settings on social media and other sites to be mindful of what you share. Never give away any personal information openly, as it could be used to steal your identity online.

Keep your devices updated

Update the apps and operating system on all your internet-connected devices — including PCs, smartphones, tablets. Also, pay attention to hardware product updates. Most cyber-attacks can be prevented simply by installing the available patches and updates on your devices. If your security toolkit does not provide optimal performance, consider replacing it with a more advanced one.

Enable biometric security

Several cybersecurity breaches have occurred through identity breaches. This points to the need for more robust identity authentication systems. Organisations can achieve the same with the help of biometric security fitments.

As biometric security scans through an individual’s unique physical characteristics such as iris, fingerprints, and facial scans, it acts as a fool-proof mechanism against identity breaches.

Strengthen your password

30% of users have experienced security breaches due to weak passwords.

Security breaches also arise due to risky password behaviours, such as keeping easy-to-remember passwords or using the same passwords across several accounts. Consider using a password manager to generate strong and unique passwords and change your passwords regularly.

Secure your public connections

For organisation-level cybersecurity, only devices approved by the company’s information security personnel should be given access to the private network. With that in mind, companies are advised to give employees a guest Wi-Fi separate from their private network. Remote employees using unsecured network hotspots may lead to data theft. Organisations can mitigate this risk using a virtual private network (VPN) with end-to-end encryption of employee data.

Augment incident response plans

Despite the best defences, cyber threats can strike unexpectedly. No wonder the UK government is also taking this seriously with a new Code of Practice on cybersecurity governance. So, take the time to review and revise your incident response plans. Make sure to have a backup of critical data on the cloud and a physical drive separate from your device.

Refresh Your Cybersecurity. Engage with the Experts.

Gallagher's specialists are here to assist you if you’re missing critical components of your cybersecurity stack. The Gallagher Cyber Defence Centre is focused on supporting clients with seamless and continuous cybersecurity services to defend against evolving risks and threats.

Prioritise your cybersecurity this spring to build organisational resilience for the year ahead and beyond.

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