Corporate Cybersecurity: why it is important and how to apply it

The basic rules of data protection

Why corporate cybersecurity is important to protect your data and how companies should change the way they operate in the long term. 

We are slowly approaching normality, but this crisis will leave deep scars, both on our society and on our world of work. And speaking of which, as we know, the Covid emergency has led many PA's and SMEs to adopt remote working, so that their employees - with the help of technology - have been able to keep working from home.

Unfortunately, not everything is as simple as it looks: in addition to having to provide the right tools to work remotely, companies must also equip themselves with tools that guarantee protection of data and information. In fact, corporate cybersecurity is very important, and now more than ever.


The importance of corporate cybersecurity

It is a widely believed that, when it comes to small businesses, no one is interested in company data, sensitive information and server attacks. Unfortunately, this is not the case: all online data is valuable, including personal data. That's why every one of us, every employee and every SME needs to follow some basic cybersecurity rules to avoid unpleasant inconveniences. We can start with simple but effective protection tools. Companies also need to set some key points for their employees to follow, both when they are working in presence and remotely.

First of all, knowledge: it is necessary to know what the risks are, the right countermeasures to adopt and what the critical points are. By analyzing this data, it is possible to obtain a map in which any digital gaps can be identified. This analysis then must be repeated over time: viruses, malware, hacker attacks evolve with the evolution of defense tools.

The second point is management. Once gaps and solutions have been identified, it is necessary to act and deploy the right tools, giving all workers the ability to recognize problems and understand how to intervene. What are these solutions? First, on each device used in the company (remotely or in the office) must be activated:

  • firewall, SSL, VPN and antivirus
  • control of files downloaded and sent, through anti-malware/anti-phishing
  • differentiated accesses according to the employee's role, and identification of a user data base manager in order to prevent data loss (Data Loss Prevention).
  • the cloud: backup systems but also cloud infrastructures are very useful and convenient for every company, but at the same time these structures must be protected (again through practices such as Log Policies and Data Loss Prevention)


Helping employees understand corporate cybersecurity

Once these actions have been identified and the people in charge have been appointed, the primary need is making all of this known to the employees and update them on any changes: in short, digital education also applies in SMEs.

Most IT incidents in SMEs or even in the PA occur because there is not enough understanding of IT rules, and therefore no secure passwords are used, work emails are used for private purposes, and very often software and anti-malware are not updated.

SMEs, moreover, can refer to the National Framework for Cybersecurity and Data Protection in which they can find practical indications and strategies to adopt for the cybersecurity of their company.