April 14, 2023

Cybersecurity is always changing and evolving as threats grow. Here are ideas that you can start on today that will help reduce your risk and improve your cybersecurity posture:

1. Require Multi-Factor Authentication

Having multi-factor authentication (MFA) is essential for granting access to confidential data. It helps to reduce the risk of credential loss and credential stealing. MFA requires confirmation of something that you know (such as a password) and another factor such as something that you have (Smart Card or MFA app such as authenticator). This combination makes a breach more difficult for a hacker. While it is possible for MFA to be exploited, it creates an extra set of protections between an attacker and your data.

2. Begin Cyber Training and Awareness

Your end users are the first line of defense against attackers. By having them trained on what to look for, you reduce your risk landscape and can focus more on technical controls.

3. Create Segregated Backups

What happens if you get hit with ransomware? Having a segregated backup enables you to restore systems and data from the best known time. Without it, you may be unable to resume operations.

4. Develop an Incident Response Plan

You have limited time to respond to a cyber breach, so having a plan in place allows your organization to recover more quickly. Without a game plan, precious time is lost figuring out how to address the situation, causing greater financial and reputational damage.

GRF Can Help

Our cybersecurity team assists organizations of all sizes in evaluating and mitigating their risks. Contact us today to request a consultation, or feel free to reach out to us at the contact information below.

Darren Hulem

Darren Hulem, CISA, CEH, Security +

Manager, IT and Risk Advisory Services

GRF - Tom Brown

Thomas Brown, CISA, CIA, Security+, CAPM

Senior Analyst, Risk & Advisory Services