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New Year, Healthy Cyber: Elevate Your Cybersecurity Game in 2024

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It’s a new year, there is new potential, with hundreds already writing their new year’s resolutions and promising themselves that this year they will make a change.  

You’re probably thinking, “New year, new me.” With a renewed sense of determination to get yourself healthier. There’s no better time of year for transformation. So, here’s a curveball for you: 

Why not give your business the same glow-up? 

Why Cybersecurity Matters Now More Than Ever 

We’re not throwing confetti when we say cybercrime is booming. From cyber breaches to critical incident hacks, the dark side of the web is busier than ever. But guess what? We’re sharing more data than ever, too, especially with the rising adoption of cloud services. So, ensuring top-notch cybersecurity isn’t just smart, it’s essential. 

Data breaches can cost your business millions, effectively taking a wrecking ball to your reputation. Plus, with laws and regulations tighter than ever, a slip-up could see you drowning in legal hot water and PR nightmares. 

Ready, Set, Secure! 

It’s a new year—and a great time to re-evaluate your cyber security posture. Run those diagnostic tests, check those logs, and if you find any cracks in the armor, patch ’em up pronto.

Top Tips for Rock-Solid Cybersecurity in 2024

Password Hygiene 

Passwords matter. And we’re not talking about your pet’s name followed by a ‘123’. We mean complex, unpredictable combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. Password Managers are your friend here; they’re like the digital equivalent of a safe deposit box.  

Implement password expiration policies so that employees have to switch things up regularly. And any ex-employees’ accounts should be removed immediately to make sure access is revoked to protect the company. 

Encryption Matters 

Your data should be encrypted tighter than Fort Knox. Never send passwords or sensitive info via email without wrapping them up in encryption first. 

Embrace Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) 

MFA is your digital bouncer, double-checking everyone’s ID at the door. Ditch the SMS-based systems and opt for more robust authentication methods. 

Patching & Firewalls 

Keep your systems, browsers, and devices in check with the latest updates. An outdated firewall is as useful as a chocolate teapot. Remember the older a system is the more vulnerable you are to threats and hackers looking to compromise your company. 

Phishing and Ransomware Savviness 

Scammers are getting crafty, with QR code phishing seeing a huge increase at the end of 2023. Educate your team to spot dodgy emails and malicious links. Staying alert isn’t just smart; it’s crucial. 

Regular Backups 

Backup your vital data and keep an off-site copy. This way if you are compromised you have an extra layer of security and can access all your data and information quickly when needed. It’s your cybersecurity safety net. 

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) 

Using public Wi-Fi? VPNs are a must to keep your data away from prying eyes. It’s also super helpful for remote work scenarios. 

Anti-Virus/Malware Protection 

Running without Anti-Virus is like driving without a seatbelt. Update your software regularly to keep your defense robust. 

Prioritise Security Risks 

Stay in the loop with emerging threats and adjust your strategies accordingly. Keep the entire team updated on changes and educate them continuously. 

Staff Training 

Empower your staff with the tools and knowledge to spot the bad guys. When your employees recognise a potential attack and report it, remember to support and reward them by giving workers more incentives to be vigilant. A well-informed team is your first line of defense. 

Choose the Right Cybersecurity Products 

Anti-Virus software alone won’t cut it. You’ve got options like Cyber Essentials, Penetration Testing, and more advanced solutions like Security Operations Centres (SOC) and ISO 27001 compliance. It is best to be prepared instead of suffering the consequences. 

Get in Touch 

At DigitalXRAID, we’re not just cybersecurity experts we’re your cybersecurity allies. Our mission is to make sure the bad guys don’t get a foothold in your digital world. We offer a tailored approach to keep your business secure. 

Working with us means you can ring in 2024 with unshakeable confidence in your cybersecurity posture. So, if you’re giving your personal life a health kick, why not do the same for your business? 

Ready to get started? Talk to our experts today. 

Here’s to a safer, more secure 2024!

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