4 Steps to Safeguard Your Business Against Cyberattacks
October is in full force, and while many people are thinking about pumpkin spice lattes, Insite360 is focused on cybersecurity. October is the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Now in it’s 17th year, CISAs theme in 2020 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” The main goal of CISA’s month is to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity for both consumers and businesses. Fueling logistics is no exception as it continues to increase its cyber footprint.
IoT and the industrial Internet have become enormous targets for cyberattacks as of late, being targeted not just by individual hackers but by highly capitalized hostile governments. A report by Rice University Public Policy Institute researcher Christopher Bronk focused on how vulnerable our industry is to Stuxnet or Shamoon-style attacks as devices become IP enabled. Today, thousands of devices for fueling retailers are connected to the Internet, opening even more opportunities for bad actors to exploit systems. This threat to pumps, gauges, and sensors is small compared to the potential to harvest financial and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data that flows through a retailers' POS system daily.
Whether it's an attack on your IoT to disable and disrupt operations or for financial gain, the effects can be devastating to everyone involved. From the retailer to the customer, picking up the pieces after a breach is a long and expensive process.
So, what can we do?
1. Protect Your Internal Systems
Cybersecurity isn't a nice-to-have; it's a must have for everyone. Install firewalls and virus protection from known and proven providers. In addition, be sure to regularly back up your files and databases to ensure you can restore your valuable data in the event of a cyberattack.
2. Hire a Cybersecurity Expert
Cybersecurity professionals have been trained to protect data and are not just IT professionals with some cybersecurity knowledge. If possible, having in-house IT Protecting your systems is job one but having the talent on staff to help you get ahead of attacks is even better.
3. Train Your Employees
All personnel must be trained on the proper cybersecurity procedures annually. Employees should be aware of potential cyber interference or hacking attempts. They should be routinely educated on the dangers of opening suspicious emails as well as clicking on unknown URLs, email attachments, and installing unapproved software.
4. Collaborate with Your Supply Chain Partners
Many times, cyber threats come from partners within your supply-chain network. In order to increase efficiency, you and your network must access shared online platforms; therefore, you need to be aware of new vulnerabilities that may arise. Even though you cannot control others' security measures, you can choose to work with partners that conduct regular security audits or have external security certifications.
There are new cyber threats every day and improving your company's cybersecurity should be a high priority for every employee.
Insite360 is uniquely positioned to help you mitigate and overcome the risks associated with cybersecurity threats you face on a day-to-day basis. Contact us today to see how we can help you leverage your data to improve profitability without the risk.
As a recognized marketing leader in the cybersecurity arena, Nathan Baker has helped develop and launch several B2B-focused security solutions. With a highly varied business background, Nathan has experience reducing friction and increasing cybersecurity threat detection in healthcare, financial services, and enterprise software. He currently leads marketing for Insite360.