5 Cybersecurity Best Practices

We have talked already about the many dangers organizations face during this digital era. During the second quarter of 2022, there were approximately 52 million data breaches worldwide. It doesn’t matter if you are a large enterprise or small business, you need to start thinking differently about your security.

There are plenty of Microsoft products and services dedicated entirely to protecting companies’ data, however there are even more recommendations and best practices cybersecurity organizations should follow to ensure their well-being. Risks in the digital era will certainly linger for the near future, and it’s up to organizations to make sure their actions remain congruent to the security they achieve to have. Here we present basic security guidelines organizations should apply. 

Cybersecurity Best Practice #1: Classify data based on its sensitivity 

A way of protecting your sensitive data is by knowing where it is located, and who has access to it. Categorizing data in order of sensitivity and granting access only to people that concerns will strengthen mentioned data and avoid leaking.

Cybersecurity Best Practice #2: Update Data Access Rights

Delimiting who is granted access to sensitive data in your organization, and renewing permissions/credentials every 6 months is essential to securing said data. Events like an employee termination or change of department should be prioritized when granting or revoking permissions. With SharePoint, Microsoft’s powerful intranet, you may grant or deny access to specific data by assigning permission levels.

Cybersecurity Best Practice #3: Store sensitive data in specific places

Many employees have access to the company’s resources, files, and other data through different networks. Data put out in the public may enhance collaboration among teams. However, it can also be a data security risk, since shared or public networks are the ones, cyber-attackers aim to. Fearing stating the obvious, sensitive files shouldn’t be in open folders or directories. 

Cybersecurity Best Practice #4: Constant Working Backups 

As Maya Angelou said, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. For example, a smart way of securing your data is by being prepared for data theft, data loss, or ransomware attacks with backups. As a result, you will be making sure that your organization’s operations will continue functioning regardless of the adversity. 

Cybersecurity Best Practice #5: Apply Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Making sure that every user has the right antivirus software installed and updated doesn’t provide enough protection for your network anymore. A single unprotected laptop, tablet or other internet-connected device that uses your network puts all at risk. With Zero Trust capabilities, Microsoft Endpoint Manager ensures security controls, on-premises and in the cloud, with Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) modalities. 

Installing Microsoft Endpoint Management as a security solution in your organization can improve your level of protection from malware threats. Being awarded as a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management, it has the power of securing different scenarios. Want to see how Microsoft Endpoint Manager can help your organization? Book a meeting with one of our experts today.