As risk management experts and security forecasters look ahead to 2016, cyber attacks appear to be a growing threat. In fact, a report from McAfee Labs suggests that increasing numbers of users and devices and growing network traffic means that the threat is poised to continue escalating for the foreseeable future.
Industry experts recommend these four important strategies to strengthen your defenses against a cyber attack:
- Identify Your Digital Assets: Many companies have sensitive customer data; others might consider their control systems their most essential asset.
- Establish a Plan of Action: Defend the assets you’ve identified by considering the vectors of attack. This includes internal cyber-security practices as well as those of upstream and downstream supply chain vendors.
- Develop Partnerships: Consider consulting with a company that specializes in preventing or responding to data breaches.
- Train Employees: Employees remain the single largest internal threat to a company; make sure your employees are well-trained.