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5 Ways to Improve Your Cyber Security that Every business should know

March 16, 2023


Technology has been a boon for the world, but it has also created a challenging obstacle: cyber security. In September 2022, Australia’s lax cyber security measures led to severe incidents with Optus and Medibank.

With that said, Australians have learned their lesson and are now awakening to the need to bolster their digital setups with better security.

A survey highlights that 32% of Aussie business decision-makers believe that cybersecurity is the most major challenge they expect to face in 2023. Moreover same survey also highlights that 37% wish to prioritize cyber security measures in their systems.

Several effective, low-cost methods recommended by top IT-managed service companies can help reinforce your digital systems. Let’s explore them.

How can you enhance  cyber security?

Between 2020 and 2022, people submitted 203,306 cybercrime reports to ACSC.

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There are five things you can do to protect yourself from potential cyber threats:

  1. Get to Know About MFA

MFA stands for multifactor authentication. It is one of the most robust security layers you can add to your app account. It has a simple mechanism too:

  • The first factor in the authentication of your credentials is the user ID and password you provide.
  • The system generates the second factor in real-time, like a Time Password, which more independently ascertains the identity of the user trying to log in.

Since this mode of verification uses two factors for authentication, people also call it 2FA.It can be inbuilt into the system during custom software development.

  1. How to Use SPF, DKIM, and DMARC for Securing Inboxes?

SPF, DKIM, and DMARC protect you from phishing and other harmful emails through their security mechanisms.

  • SPF (Sender Framework Policy): Every email sent by a business to a recipient comes from the servers the business is registered on. SPF helps cross-check that these emails indeed originated with the business and not through a suspicious impersonator.
  • DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail): DKIM works like your own signature works on a chequebook. Every email is cryptographically signed with the business’s digital signature, which can be mathematically verified to authenticate its origination.
  • DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance): This security mechanism is like the gatekeeper to your inbox. Depending on whether the SPF and DKIM authentications were successful, the DMARC can reject emails, quarantine them, or you can specify what actions to take.
You can take the help of an IT-managed service company to set this up for you.
  1. Implementing Conditional Access Policy: Can This Secure Your Website Data?

As a website owner, you can add pre-screens to limit your website’s audience in Australia.

For example, if you wish to protect your website data from a potential cyber threat originating in Thailand, you could request your IT-managed services to build a website access restriction for the traffic incoming from that country.

  1. Conduct User Awareness Training

Training your personnel to be aware of potential threats, anomalies, and patterns is a crucial step you can take to fortify your cybersecurity.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre provides Guidelines for Personnel Security that are meant for training personnel in cyber security.

  1. Are Regular Backups of Any Help?

Backing up data is the most underrated activity for maintaining cyber security, but it is that much more important. Digital data can be lost or corrupted due to various reasons, such as physical damage to machinery or server issues.

To safeguard your information from permanent loss, include scheduled data backups in your cybersecurity protocol.

Wrapping Up

Ultimately, your preparedness against cyber threats will protect your systems’ integrity and data.

Moreover, the five methods above are easy to implement, especially with a reputable IT-managed services company like Technowand.

Technowand helps you maintain the security of all your digital systems through our IT-managed services. These services offer website development with cutting-edge security mechanisms using the latest encryptions and protocols to safeguard your operations from hackers.

To know the full scope of the security impact that Technowand can bring to your business, get in touch with us.

Eddie Vedder

Eddie looks after marketing campaigns for Ironclad. In his pre-tech life, he worked as a journalist on the San Francisco Peninsula. Off hours, he dreams of England.