How to Make Your Business Secure: Prevention Strategies


In the highly competitive business world, it is vital to protect your business from potential competitors and from adversaries. In fact, one of the most important things to protect is the business reputation of your business. A reputation can be easily destroyed once it has been tainted.

Many businesses unknowingly present some risk to their business reputation, or some other sensitive data. The first line of defense is education of your personnel on some of the common threats to the business. Some of the common threats listed by  can be seen in the following list.

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1. Malware

Malware comes in the form of spam, phishing emails, social media scams, trojans on websites, and viruses. Malware can take place on any number of different platforms. It is important that you are aware of risks that are available to you so you can protect your employees from cyber attacks.

2. Denial of Service

One of the high profile uses of denial of service attacks are cyber warfare campaigns being used by certain adversaries. Denial of service attacks are accomplished primarily through the use of botnets. It is important that you are aware of the threat of denial of service attacks.

3. Social Media Risks

These social media risks primarily occur through the use of suspicious links being shared through social media. It is important that you are aware that your company may be targeted through social media channels.

4. New Technology Risks

New technology risks are constant. As technology changes, tactics will also change. It is important that you are aware of these new risks to educate your employees on staying updated.

5. Mobile Device Risks

Mobile devices are becoming more prominent in everyday work environments. Employees are taking their devices with them wherever they go. It is important that you are aware of the risks that are present in the mobile realm.

Another area that should be covered in your employee education is the importance of ethical hacking. Ethical hacking refers to the legal searching of systems for vulnerabilities against the expressed permission of the owner. Being aware of these risks is vital to protecting your sensitive data.

There are not perfect solutions to every possible threat, but the most critical precaution is to develop an incident response strategy. The incident response strategy includes developing a response plan, training, and testing practices. The most important thing to remember is to make the process simple. It is important to not put pressure on your personnel who are not in the field.

Incident response plan

There are two different strategies that you can use to formulate an incident response plan. Both are important to have in place. The first is the generic incident response plan. The generic incident response plan can be used any time you are faced with an incident. The plan should be widely available to the personnel. The other type of plan is specific to your business. It should outline the appropriate party to handle the incident once it is detected. Along with the plan to handle the incident, it should include standard operating procedures for multiple situations.

Once you have decided on the specific plan, what you need to include to respond to the potential threat, along with what personnel are needed, you need to test your incident response plan. Testing the incident response plan will ensure that it’s included in any training that you provide to your personnel.

Most difficult parts of testing

One of the most difficult parts of testing the incident response plan is choosing where to conduct the test. An ideal test site should be isolated enough to not affect the production systems. It should also be close enough to the production systems to not create latency or increase the response time. The last consideration for finding the proper test location is the quality of the equipment. The quality of the equipment can make all the difference during an actual attack.

When choosing what to test for, there are two main phases. The first phase is the pre-incident phase. This phase is what will happen before the threat is present. It is important to test to make sure you have a valid test environment. It is also important to test to make sure you have secure connections to the test servers.

What you test for the pre-incident phase is the setup for the incident response plan. In this phase, you should test to ensure that the engagement team has access privileges. It is also important to test to ensure that the proper incident response plan is being used that will be appropriate for the incident.

Incident phase

The second phase is the incident phase. The incident phase is what you can expect to happen during a real attack. In this phase it is important to test the emergency response plan. This is the plan to have a team respond to the incident. The team should conduct the initial diagnosis, analyze what happened, and then evaluate the impact. The team should also develop an action plan for how to resolve the incident. It is important to test the incident response plan for the entire process.

Some of the main things to keep in mind when testing your incident response plan are to keep the plan flexible, keep the plan simple, and to keep the plan consistent. Keeping the incident response plan flexible can avoid creating “rules” for your staff to follow when an incident happens. Realistically there may be times when the incident response plan needs to be tweaked to fit the scenario that is occurring.

Communicate with your team on the importance of critical information, business data, passwords, and secure email. Make the education process simple. 


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