National Safety Month is a perfect time to focus on the importance of increasing your company’s cybersecurity on an ongoing basis. Because hackers continue to refine their attempts at accessing vulnerabilities in your system, everyone in your organization must remain vigilant in protecting against cyber threats.
Be sure your office is following these five tips to enhance cybersecurity.
Require the Use of Virtual Private Networks
Make it mandatory for employees to use virtual private networks (VPNs) for all connections. Because a VPN blocks your IP address and encrypts the data you send over the internet, hackers cannot tell your location or access the information. VPNs also block malicious websites, ads, and popups that can download malware and trackers on your device.
Enforce Password Rules and a Password Management Tool
Make sure your employees create strong passwords and regularly change them. Establishing new passwords increases the odds of keeping hackers away from your system. Using a password management tool can create secure passwords for every site and keep them confidential while allowing employees to log into accounts.
Make Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication Mandatory
Two-factor or multi-factor authentication adds layers of security to the password method of identification. In addition to entering a username and password, a personal identification code, second password, fingerprint, or other authentication method is needed to access the account.
Use Anti-Virus Protection and a Firewall
Anti-virus protection software blocks malware and other malicious viruses from entering your device and compromising your data. A firewall helps screen out hackers, viruses, and other malicious activity that determines which traffic is allowed to enter your device. Windows and Mac OS X come with their own firewalls, as your router should too.
Keep Your Connections Updated
Every connection to the internet needs to be regularly updated. Implementing software and system security updates adds patches and enhancements to your operating system and applications. This limits potential exposure to vulnerabilities that hackers can try to exploit.
Hire Top Accounting and Finance Professionals
Maintenance of your cybersecurity should be a top priority at all times, especially within accounting and finance departments. Consistently changing and protecting passwords, running updates, and watching for suspicious emails help protect your company from hackers.
When you need to add accounting and finance professionals to your team, let Casey Accounting & Finance Resources help. Reach out to learn more today.