With the new school year around the corner, it is important to keep best cybersecurity practices at the top of mind. Schools often have old software which is difficult to update thus leads to more vulnerabilities. Many students and teachers don't often strictly follow cybersecurity practices with their devices which creates the potential for cyber criminals to steal personal information from the school.
This is one of the most important security practices which everyone struggles with. It's easy to stick to one password for every account, but if that password gets uncovered, all your accounts are at risk. Report by SecurityAuth says that 53% of people reuse the same password for different accounts which lets cybercriminals steal information easily. Having a strong username and password is important for every account. People should also use a password manager to track everything like unknown logged in devices. The password manager has an added layer of security for the personal information it holds.
Ransomware has become a global crisis and schools are one of the main targets considering they hold lots of confidential data. Schools have personal information of students, parents, and staff which could be valuable for cybercriminals. Being involved in the school is important because you can find out what the school is doing to protect against cyber threats and also get answers for certain cybersecurity questions. Are they raising awareness on security issues with training for students and teachers? Students should also be taught basic online safety tips to protect their digital way of life.
Here are five such strategies you can employ to defend against rising cyber threats.
Train all employees on best practices
It is important for employees to be taught strategies to avoid cyber attacks. Employees should understand where the weaknesses are in the work environment because that could harm the system. Employees should know how to use strong passwords because weak passwords could leak sensitive information. That's why new employees should have a mandatory training program to ensure they don’t forget critical security steps.
Another key strategy is limiting access permissions. Employees should only have access to the system they need to work correctly. Limiting access permission reduces the risk of insider threats
People should also segment their device networks. Threats to supply chain cybersecurity is logistics. Without a segment network, a hacker could access a server and steal sensitive customer data. Segmentation lowers the number of endpoints on a network, limiting what hackers can access if they do get in.
When cyber attacks happen, it is never certain that a system could recover from it. Redundancy is a key step towards that goal. Redundancy will help during a breach, minimizing its impact, especially if you have also segmented your network and restricted permissions.
Penetration test regularly
Supply chains must regularly test their resiliency. In Penetration testing, you hire a hacking expert and tell them to breach your system, to see how you can improve. If you perform these tests regularly, it will help with threats and vulnerabilities in cyber security. Without penetration tests done regularly, the system could have weaknesses and damage the date without knowing.