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Global secure email gateway market growth driven by data loss prevention capabilities

The global secure email gateway market is expected to post a CAGR of over 14% during the period 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio. A key factor driving the growth of the market is data loss prevention capabilities. Many email gateway solutions help in DLP. DLP is extremely critical in a corporate environment as it helps prevent the leakage of sensitive information from the corporate network. The DLP component of an … More

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5 Cyber Security Best Practices For Your Small to Medium-Size Business

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Small to medium-sized businesses often tend to underestimate cybersecurity. The reasons range from practicality – they may not have the resources, to sheer over-confidence – the notion that they are not important enough to be at risk of cybersecurity threats and so on. Nothing could be further than the truth.

A survey by the United Kingdom government and KPMG among 1,000 small businesses in the country, threw up worrisome statistics: Only 23% of small businesses felt cyber security was a top security concern while 29% of businesses who had not experienced a breach felt they would suffer reputational damage. Another worrying statistic arrived from another report: at least 61 percent of the hacked industries and enterprises functioned with a smaller workforce, i.e. not even 1,000 employees.

Even if a business is small or medium-sized, it does not mean it is not at risk of cybersecurity threats. In fact, it may well be the opposite – they are sitting ducks as cyber criminals are aware that SMEs may not be as concerned about their security compared to bigger businesses. In fact, the consequences may be even more severe – even a minor data breach could leave a SME crippled and unable to recover.

Its clear then that SMEs must be extremely serious when it comes to cybersecurity. Here are some of the best practices they must follow:

Invest in Training – Since most cybersecurity risks primarily originate due to user negligence, it is important to train and educate employees about cybersecurity. Employees should know what to do in case of security alerts and they should also understand to be cautious about what links they click on, what information they share and what USB devices they plug in their machines.

Have a MDM plan – With almost all employees owning a plethora of gadgets and smartphones, it is crucial for SMEs to regulate the usage of these devices. A lot of sensitive information and emails can be accessed on these devices and they also contain access to the company’s wireless networks. So monitoring and regulating such mobile devices is essential.

Backup Data – When it comes to data backup, we recommend following the 3-2-1 rule. As per this, SMEs should maintain 3 different copies of all their sensitive data, over 2 different formats and locations and at least 1 of these locations should be offline. Following this rule will ensure that all confidential company information remains in the hands of the organization itself.

Data Encryption – Simply saving and storing data is not enough anymore, as it can be breached and accessed at any time. It is always advisable to encrypt data when it is saved and backed up. Access to this data should only be granted to specific people and such security measures help enterprises maintain the integrity of their critical data in the long term.

Use a Security Solution – When it comes to effective enterprise security solutions, there is no dearth of options available in the market. It is important to choose a solution that meets the exact requirements of the organization, and does exactly what it promises to do. Extra features and customizations can always be added later, so the SME should know its precise needs before choosing a solution.

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How important is it to test your cybersecurity incident response plan?

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With the incidents of cybercrime rising at an enormous rate, especially targeted attacks on organizations, many companies now have a cybersecurity incident response plan in place.

However, a major reason these organizations still fail to respond effectively to a cybersecurity incident is because, in spite of having an incident response plan, it is never frequently tested nor consistently applied across the organization.

Given the ever evolving nature of threat landscape, it is extremely important to test the response plan on a frequent basis to check for loopholes in the process. Failure to upgrade this plan, often leaves organizations vulnerable and less prepared to handle the cybersecurity incident response process in the wake of a sudden cyber-attack.

The need is to test the plan regularly by making effective investments in skilled resources, technologies and processes, so that they can work in sync with each other when the need arises.

Few things that can help organizations test and implement an effective cybersecurity incident response plan include:

Automation

Investing in automation can be a good and cost effective option in this regard and can help organizations save up on millions of dollars that may otherwise be compromised in the event of a breach.

Automation here refers to replacing or augmenting human intervention with artificial intelligence and machine learning, to enable easy & efficient identification of breaches and exploits, for necessary and timely actions to be taken.

Studies indicate that organizations that leverage automation extensively across their organization are in a better position to detect, prevent and respond to cyber-attacks and breaches than organizations that don’t.

Skilled Resources

The lack of enough skilled resources for handling cyber-attacks and managing incident response plan, comes as a big hurdle for organizations to achieve cyber resilience. The major problem lies not just in hiring resources but mostly in retaining cybersecurity professionals.

On the other hand, deploying too many processes and technologies at once to achieve cyber resilience, can make the overall process complex for cybersecurity personnel to understand and reduce the effectiveness of the plan.

Thus, what organizations need, is to have a perfect collaboration of technology, resources and processes, in order to effectively test and implement a robust cybersecurity incident response plan.

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