In the New Year, Aim for Better Cybersecurity

By Ben Sady and Tom Tollerton

As we ring in the new year, many individuals are evaluating what habits and activities they can let go of. Unfortunately, one activity is here to stay: cybercrime. Experts estimate about 200,000 cyberattacks occur every week. Consider the following three New Year’s cyber resolutions to help start the year off right.

1. Assess & Implement Your Organization’s Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM)
Doing business with third parties or service providers can result in operational failures, data breaches, and more. In fact, cybersecurity professionals have seen an increase in third-party security incidents over the last few years. Implementing a program to assess your third parties is crucial to help reduce these risks.

2. Create & Review Your Incident Response Plan
A ransomware attack occurs every 11 seconds – creating an incident response plan can significantly reduce the amount of downtime and costs an incident may cause.

3. Be Aware of Consumer Privacy Concerns
Many businesses collect, track, and store consumer data as part of providing valuable services to clients and customers – be thoughtful in establishing a data protection program.

 

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