If you're looking to minimize risk and maximize profits in 2020, your business will need a robust cybersecurity plan. Preventing cyberattacks starts with solid IT cyber-security protocols.

Here are some easy ways to beef up your cyber-security in 2020.

Filtered Fortification

Many cyber-attacks start with opening a single email attachment from a dubious source. Filtering what types of emails come through your servers and into your IT network can proactively stop a potential cyber-attack before it even starts.

  • Quarantining: one of the simplest solutions for preventing potentially dangerous emails from pouring into your IT network is to quarantine suspicious emails. Your cyber IT security specialist can configure an email client filtration system to siphon the types of emails often sent by hackers to infiltrate an IT network into a quarantined server separated from your normal email server. This quarantined email filter will alert your employees of the quarantining, but will not allow them to open the email until they've verified the email's source. Quarantining can be particularly effective when coupled with basic cyber-security protocol training. For instance, you might add a section to your new hiring orientation about the steps your employees should take when they receive an email from a suspicious and/or unknown source. In particular, you'll want to make sure that your employees communicate with the rest of the staff when they feel like the IT network might be under attack.

Password Pivoting

Although it might be a momentary hassle, changing your password frequently an easy step that can prevent hackers who use complex algorithms to crack IT security firewalls by attempting millions of passwords.

  • Prompting: changing your password is like changing the oil in your car, without a benchmark to prompt you to get it done, you're very unlikely to do it. Establishing a password protocol with your employees is the first step to enhancing your password strength throughout your network. However, you'll need your cyber IT security professional to create a sequential password prompting system. For instance, you might have your cyber IT security professional create an automatic password change protocol every 30 to 60 days. The password changing initiation will start with an email to your employees 10 days before the password will need to be changed. This email will provide an easy link and step-by-step instructions to guide your employees through the password changing procedure. By providing the timetable, you'll promote better cyber-security habits within your IT network.