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The Importance of Cybersecurity for the Company

Cybersecurity has become one of the main areas of action in the management of any company, not only as a way to prevent incidents or fines but also as a means of awareness for more secure and responsible use of technology in any environment and to be prepared to continue operations if any type of event occurs.

Therefore, cybersecurity is no longer considered an unnecessary expense but rather an investment need. Ever more aware of the value of information, companies see cybersecurity as a highly important asset to support protection for everything that revolves around, has revolved around or will revolve around their activities.

Thus, if information is a company’s main asset, good cybersecurity management will prevent situations of a lack of trust among customers, suppliers or shareholders and avoid the media repercussions that could endanger the company’s image and reputation to revalue the commercial brand.

Along these lines there are several factors to be taken into account that guarantee greater protection, beginning with looking after one’s online image and digital presence on the Internet by ensuring the ever more sophisticated devices found within organizations, whether communication or storage-related, as they are responsible for guaranteeing information integrity and reliability all without forgetting the most important element in the cybersecurity chain which are the employees. They are the ones who handle our assets each day so their training and awareness cannot be ignored if a real cybersecurity culture is to be generated.

The digital transformation companies and organizations are going through irrespective of their size or sector is forcing them to pay more attention to the development and implementation of policies that are directly related to cybersecurity. This need makes it essential to design procedures to have more secure systems to gain production and online reputation and identity benefits.

A common link

Despite their differences, all companies share one starting point: awareness for the current state of cybersecurity and the risks associated with their day-to-day. Once known, all the necessary cybersecurity measures can be implemented to guarantee more secure systems and ensure information is inaccessible for fraudulent use or unauthorized access.

“Cybersecurity must be a part of any organization’s strategic approach”

Given that there are no common solutions to complex threats, organizations have decided to increase their efforts to minimize the impact of cyberattacks. Yet it is habitual for companies, especially those with little technological maturity, not to know how to act or which strategy to follow to actively respond to these issues. Protection against these threats, which are more and more modern and sophisticated, is a complex process. Technological elements must be supplemented with effective action and recovery procedures as part of incident investigation, ongoing supervision, advanced detection and mitigation of security events.

Finally, it is not possible at present to ensure a company will be free of any cybersecurity risks. However, active protection where security is part of the strategic approach and there is advanced planning for prevention and responses in decision-making will lead to a more favourable position when responding effectively to cybersecurity incidents.


Awareness List for Company Cybersecurity
Workstations

• Never leave documents with sensitive information available for others to look at
• Lock your computer screen any time you leave your desk

Devices

• Never install unauthorized apps
• Don’t connect unknown USBs
• Set access passwords and auto screen lock

Non-corporate computers

• Don’t handle corporate information on public computers
• If you access your corporate email, never download files

Information leaks

• Never give out sensitive information if you’re not sure who the recipient is
• Confidential conversations should always take place in discrete locations

Credential management

• Don’t share your credentials (username and password) or use them for any personal apps

Browsing

• Don’t access unknown pages
• Don’t click on suspicious links

Email

• Delete suspicious emails
• Avoid chain emails

Protecting information

• Make backup copies of sensitive information only on your devices

Safe travel

• Don’t carry sensitive information on removable devices. If you do it, encrypt it
• Don’t handle sensitive information on Wi-Fi networks you don’t know

You are our security

• Report any suspicious activity or malfunctioning on your computer