A recent article from Forbes magazine discussed a cybersecurity checklist for 2021 to help protect your organization and your remote workers. Some of the key takeaways that we thought were most important are listed below:

  • As of July 2020, we had 4.6 billion Internet users active, representing 59% of the world’s population (source: statista.com)
  • Online crimes reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) nearly quadrupled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (source: IC3.gov)
  • Global Ransomware damage costs predicted to reach $20 billion (USD) by 2021 (source: cybersecurityventures.com)

So, what does it all mean? Given this scenario, the question for most companies remains what can be done and how to prioritize investments to better protect data in this increasingly connected landscape, now with a more distributed workforce.

Their checklist encompasses strategies we usually discuss with our clients, such as:

  • Approach Cybersecurity from a risk management point of view. Most of the time, the aftermath of a cyber-attack will impact the company’s earnings and reputation.
  • Explore a Cybersecurity framework to guide your organization’s security posture
  • Train your users on cybersecurity hygiene practices and security awareness principles
  • Consider bringing in a third-party company to perform a vulnerability assessment and make sure your data is protected should anything happen

Sharp offers a variety of literature and free resources that can be helpful in your early IT Security planning stages. For more information, visit: https://www.sharp-sbs.com/cybersecurity.

Click here to read the full article on Forbes website.