Why Cyber Hygiene is a Must for Business in 2023

By Brianna Ruelas Brianna Ruelas has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on January 22, 2023

As a business, ensuring your employees take care of their cyber hygiene is an important part of cybersecurity. It requires them to think proactively, similar to how they think about their daily personal hygiene. They must use tools that fit the company’s needs, performing tasks correctly and establishing a routine to resist cyber threats. To make things easier, here are some of the top cyber hygiene tips for running a successful business.

Update Software Regularly

When it comes to computers and connected devices, it is important to make sure they are up-to-date with the latest security patches. Cyber hygiene explained by CyberGhost discusses how updates are a big deal because they fix any holes in software that hackers could exploit.

Of course, that might mean restarting devices more often than you or your employees would like, but setting them up to update automatically can save some irritation. Not only will it save you from having to worry about the devices being up-to-date, but it will also allow you to schedule the updates for times nobody will be using them.

Use Safe and Secure Passwords

According to TechTarget’s cyber hygiene checklist, keeping your passwords safe and secure is one of the main cyber hygiene tasks. However, it is not as simple as regularly updating passwords and using unique passwords for different accounts, though those are part of it and good ideas for any business. The following also need to be kept in mind:

  • All passwords should be at least 12 characters long
  • There should be a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers
  • Passwords should be stored in a password manager, which can also be used to generate passwords
  • Obvious passwords and patterns within them, such as sequential numbers, should be avoided

Default passwords on devices and accounts should be changed, and employees should be instructed not to write down or share their passwords. Additionally, if it is possible, utilizing multi-factor authentication (MFA) on top of passwords is always a good idea.

Encrypt and Back Up Data

Keeping data secure is of utmost importance, no matter how sensitive the data you work with happens to be. Here are some tips you can follow to ensure your business’s data is properly protected:

  • Encrypt devices and other media that contain sensitive information, like laptops, tablets, smartphones, removable drives, backup tapes, and cloud storage.
  • Back up important files offline, on an external hard drive, or in the cloud. This can help protect against data loss if someone gains access to one of your devices.

Many devices already take steps to protect the data on them via encryption, and some apps have end-to-end encryption.

Only Trust Reputable Antivirus and Malware Software

Maintaining good cyber hygiene requires installing antivirus software. It scans for and eliminates computer viruses and other harmful software, known as malware, which can pose a major cybersecurity risk for any business. That makes it a crucial part of protecting against security breaches and other threats.

The software performs key tasks such as identifying specific files for malware detection, scheduling and performing automatic scans, scanning individual files or the entire computer, eliminating malicious codes and software, and confirming the overall health of your devices. Want good cyber hygiene? Start with the right software.

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By Brianna Ruelas Brianna Ruelas has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Brianna Ruelas is a Dallas-based account executive and news desk editor at Grit Daily. She is also a motivational speaker and singer, creative cultivator, and bestselling author. Reach her at [email protected].

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