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3 Tips to Improving Cybersecurity

Improving your business’s cybersecurity is a hot topic—and don't expect that to change anytime soon. Consider the following statistics:

  • Security breaches have increased by 11% since 2018 and 67% since 2014. (Accenture)
  • Hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average 2,244 times a day. (University of Maryland) 
  • The average time to identify a breach in 2019 was 206 days. (IBM)
  • The average lifecycle of a breach was 314 days (from the breach to containment). (IBM)

You’ll find that no matter where you’re reading security tips to defeat hackers, or who wrote them, you’re always going to see the following three suggestions included.

Software
Keep all of your software up to date, thereby decreasing the vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. This includes both updates and security patches.

Back up
Back up, back up, back up. Upload your latest backups to the cloud, but keep a copy on your server as well. This keeps you covered if you lose critical data or your website gets hacked—that readily available backup can help you regain control of your site quickly and you'll be back up and running in no time.

2FA
One password simply doesn’t cut it anymore. 2FA, or two-factor authentication, is fast becoming a standard form of security required for your accounts because the second passcode allows you to double up on your protection by incorporating texts and emails into the login process. You're probably already using 2FA, through a text message sent to your phone or an app.

If you have an IT team ready to handle updates and backup, that's great news. If you have questions about cybersecurity, or want to learn more about how you can get started with Anti Virus & Internet Security, and Backup & Disaster Recovery services from AIS, contact us today.