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Reboot Your Cybersecurity Policy in the New Year

The new year is often a time to reboot, and some years call for more of a restart than others. If this is your organization’s year to take a critical look at your current cybersecurity policy, be sure to also include a review of your file transfer methods.

Resolving to “do better” — whether to increase your exercise routine, decrease your French fry intake, or maybe ensure your file exchanges are always encrypted — are resolutions to help you avoid bad outcomes. The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index outlines some of the biggest cyber threats that organizations face today. The numbers are staggering and should serve as a warning for all organizations, large and small to review their cybersecurity stance.

Why Should I Revisit My Cybersecurity Policy?

According to the Threat Intelligence report, there are plenty of reasons to take a serious look at how you are currently defending against cyber threats. A few highlights:

  • Ransomware attacks were up 67 percent year-over-year in 2019, with new ransomware code being created for even more destructive attacks.
  • 8.5 billion records were breached in 2019. Securing credentials and access controls is more important than ever before.
  • Attacks on the retail industry increased, with the primary targets payment card and loyalty program data.

How to Enhance Cybersecurity Policies

Don’t wait until the calendar flips one more month. Start looking at your options to lock down your data today.

Review your overall cybersecurity policy and strategies. Be sure your plan addresses malware, unencrypted data, spear phishing scams, and more as they can take a toll on your business, your reputation, and your bottom line. You don’t have a plan yet? Move that to the top of your resolution list. Here are a few key cybersecurity tips and best practices to get the ball rolling.

  • Look at the cloud. You need to continually assess the cloud-based apps your organization uses and loves – popular apps like Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox. While easy to use and widely accepted for collaboration ease, they do come with some risk when it comes to file security. A robust managed file transfer (MFT) system with built-in cloud integrations or connectors can add a layer of security to cloud-based file sharing.

Related reading: How to Promote Cloud Security in Your Organization

  • Lock down your file transfer process. One of the easiest ways to boost your cybersecurity stance is to ensure the files you exchange with others are exchanged with a secure file transfer solution. A hacker bent on breaking into your system’s network is one problem. The risks of what can happen to your sensitive data afterwards is another, and one that can cause millions of dollars of damage and untold reputational loss.
  • Give your humans a break. Take some of the risk off your team’s shoulders with a file transfer method that helps eliminate the risks that comes with manual, human intervention, clunky homemade scripts, or even bad timing when the one person who “does” file transfers is out of the office. With managed file transfer (MFT) in place, you can automate processes, secure your connections and have a full auditing and reporting log of all your file transfer activities.

Secure file transfers require authentication between trading partners for added security, either with a user ID and password or one that’s validated with an SSH key or SSH key/password combo.

  • Give users a file transfer tool they’ll actually use. If an organization makes it too complex to transfer files securely users will often resort to a method they’re familiar with instead. With a managed file transfer (MFT) solution, like GoAnywhere, you not only get more control of your files, you also deliver a user-friendly, dashboard-style interface to make secure file transfers a breeze.

  • Encrypt. Encrypt. Encrypt. If you’re not already using file encryption software, your files face increased risk. In addition, if you have industry compliance requirements to meet, chances are you need to be encrypting your files or will face hefty fines. With encryption software in place, you get layers of data protection, data is secure across any device – desktop or mobile, your files stay secure both while at rest and in motion, and your data integrity can be maintained.

Related Reading: How Encryption Works: Everything You Need to Know

Resolve to Revisit Your Cybersecurity Policies

Start the New Year with a fresh approach to cybersecurity, one that includes an MFT solution like GoAnywhere MFT. With GoAnywhere in place you can share files – large and small – securely and get the ease of automated workflows. You can also enjoy automatic restarts, detailed logging and reporting, adhere to compliance requirements, and so much more. See for yourself with a 15-, 30- or 60-minute demo.

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