Your employees are your greatest asset, but they also represent your biggest cybersecurity risk. When it comes to cybersecurity, prevention is the name of the game. 

Here are 20 practical steps your company can take to protect against human error:

  1. Education and Security Awareness Training Regular training sessions are essential. Teach your employees to recognize phishing attempts, avoid suspicious links, and understand the importance of strong passwords. Make cybersecurity a part of your company culture.
  2. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Implement MFA for all accounts. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second form of verification, such as a code sent to a mobile device.
  3. Identity Access Management (IAM) Use IAM to control and monitor who has access to your company’s sensitive information. Ensure that only authorized personnel can access critical systems and data.
  4. Regular Updates and Patches Keep all software and systems up to date with the latest security patches. Set up automatic updates to ensure no vulnerabilities are left unaddressed.
  5. Antivirus Software Install reliable antivirus software on all company devices. This helps detect and prevent malware infections.
  6. Monitoring Implement monitoring tools to track employee activity and detect any unusual behavior that could indicate a security threat.
  7. Spam Filtering Use advanced spam filters to block phishing emails and other malicious communications before they reach your employees’ inboxes.
  8. Intrusion Prevention Deploy intrusion prevention systems to detect and block potential threats before they can cause harm.
  9. Incident Reporting Encourage a culture of transparency where employees feel comfortable reporting potential security incidents without fear of repercussions.
  10. Firewalls Use firewalls to protect your network by controlling incoming and outgoing traffic based on predetermined security rules.
  11. Daily Backups Regularly back up all critical data. In the event of a security breach, you can restore your systems quickly and minimize downtime.
  12. Protect Laptops with MFA and Data Encryption Ensure all company laptops are protected with MFA for Windows login and data encryption. This prevents unauthorized access if a device is lost or stolen, safeguarding sensitive information.
  13. Secure Remote Work Practices Ensure that employees use secure connections such as VPNs when accessing company resources from outside the office. Implement remote desktop protocols with strict access controls.
  14. Device Management Use Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions to manage and secure employees’ devices. This helps ensure that all devices comply with your security policies and can be wiped remotely if lost or stolen.
  15. Physical Security Implement physical security measures such as secure access to server rooms and using cable locks for laptops to prevent theft. Physical security complements digital security to protect your assets.
  16. Least Privilege Principle Apply the principle of least privilege, granting employees the minimum level of access necessary to perform their job functions. This reduces the risk of accidental or intentional misuse of sensitive data.
  17. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Implement DLP solutions to monitor and protect sensitive data. These tools help prevent data leaks by controlling data transfers and blocking unauthorized sharing of confidential information.
  18. Cyber Insurance Consider investing in cyber insurance to provide financial protection in the event of a data breach or cyber attack. This can help cover the costs associated with incident response, legal fees, and damages.
  19. Employee Screening and Background Checks Conduct thorough background checks and regular screening of employees, especially those with access to sensitive information. This helps ensure that your team members are trustworthy and reliable.
  20. Regular Security Audits and Assessments Perform regular security audits and vulnerability assessments to identify and address potential weaknesses in your security infrastructure. Continuous evaluation and improvement are key to maintaining robust cybersecurity.

Step 1 of 2

Name *
Email *
Please let us know what's on your mind. Have a question for us? Ask away.

Taking these steps will help your employees help you protect your company. Prevention through education and layered security measures is key to mitigating the risk of human error in cybersecurity.

At My Tampa IT, we help businesses implement these strategies and more. Take the first step toward a more secure business. Contact us today to discuss a strategy tailored to your needs.