Security is protecting your digital assets and digital devices from any threats. Assume that you have a large sum of money to protect your data from theft. You might use safes, banks, and lockers in the same way that we use different security measures for protecting your organization’s digital assets and data.
IT security’s goal is to stop unauthorized users (known as threat actors) from disrupting, stealing or exploiting these assets and devices. These threats can come from the outside, or from within. They can be malicious or inadvertent in their origin and nature.
Before I get into the topic of protecting our digital assets, let’s first show you how our lives would be without cybersecurity measures. In this digital world, where our lives depend on the internet, social media and digital transactions, there is no cybersecurity. It’s like leaving valuable items in your locker open to thieves. Our private data could be stolen. Our bank accounts and social media accounts could be hacked. Hackers can easily access your privacy at any time. CyberSecurity can make our lives so miserable.
Before you take security measures, it is important to identify the digital assets your company has.
Digital assets can include:
The official social media account of your company and the posts made there.
Your company’s website, domain, and all content.
Manuals and spreadsheets are essential for business processes.
Visual graphics your company created.
You have created applications.
List of clients and details about customers
Intellectual assets such as trademarks and patents.
Let me now tell you how to protect your digital assets and devices using simple and basic security measures.
1. Make sure your company has Wi-Fi. Also, make sure you keep your software up to date. Older versions of software cannot prevent new hacking techniques. Wi-Fi is an integral part of many enterprises. To protect your digital assets, you should follow Wi-Fi security best practice guidelines. Make sure your router is in a safe place, change the network name, enable firewall, and update the firmware and the software regularly.
2. Maintain a Data Backup. Data Backup is the process of copying data files and storing them at a different location. The files can be restored whenever you want. Data Backup is essential. If your system crashes or your system is locked by ransomware, you can still use the backup data. You can simply “ctrl-c” the data, and then “ctrl-v” to access it. There is no need to worry about losing data from your organization.
3. Two-step verification: Cybercrime is all about the hope that a password will save your data. Cybercriminals can easily access your passwords via social engineering. Two-step verification is the only way to escape these attacks. This is simply using an OTP to log into your accounts.
This is a useful method because you will be sent the OTP to your mobile device (physical device), which an attacker cannot access. Even if an attacker has access to your credentials, they cannot log in to your account unless they have the OTP.
4. Limit Access: This reduces the chance of theft or loss by restricting access to digital assets. Protecting digital assets is as simple as restricting access. It is important to ensure that only authorized users have access to digital assets and systems. These systems should only be used by authorized users. This includes password protection and authentication when using personal development.