Data breaches and vulnerability exploits seem to make headlines everyday. These attacks are worrisome, which is no wonder that 54% small-medium businesses cite security as their main concern of this year.

The threat landscape is vast, but there are a variety of steps a business can take to be more secure. One of the ways businesses can protect themselves is to improve their security posture.

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Source: Help Net Security

What is Security Posture?

Security posture encompasses how the resources in your company work together to maintain good security.

Security posture is important because it contributes to the overall protection of your company. Good security posture will help you protect your business and fix any gaps that could make you vulnerable.

5 Ways You can Improve Your Security Posture

Have a third party assessment

Not all companies have the budget to invest thousands of dollars into protecting every part of their network.  With the vast amount of security products available, it can be overwhelming determining which ones to invest in. A cybersecurity company like Jolera can help you manage your cybersecurity risks. This can help you know where you should be spending your IT dollars.

Configure your printers, fax machines

The printers and fax machines you use in your office are also vulnerable to attacks. If cybercriminals are able to exploit vulnerabilities in these machines, they can penetrate deeper into your company network to spread malware or take over.

Encrypt your data

Data encryption translates your data into a code that only people with the key can read. It’s the best way to protect confidential information that is stored on the corporate network or in the cloud. You should always encrypt your data – this includes: emails, documents, financial records, etc.

Data inventory

Knowing the data you have within your network will help guide you to take the proper actions to protect it. Take note of what kind of data you possess, who has access to it, what you use it for and who you share it with. Based on this information, take note of the vulnerabilities and threats your data is susceptible to. Then, take the necessary action to make sure your data stays protected.

Design a security response plan

96% of organizations experience at least one severe exploit. This means that every organization is vulnerable to an attack. A good security response plan will help you navigate the steps your organization needs to take in the event of an attack. Each department within your organization should be briefed on your security response plan.

For more on how Jolera can help you with your security posture, contact us today.