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Protective measures that prevent cybercrime.

What is cybersecurity, and how can you enforce cybersecurity best practices at your organization? 

What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity, a.k.a computer security or IT security, refers to protecting computer systems, networks, software, and data from various cyber threats and attacks. 

Think of threats like unauthorized access, data breaches, theft of sensitive information, disruption of services, and other malicious digital activities performed by cybercriminals or hackers.

As we rely increasingly on digital technologies, cybersecurity has grown significantly as an emerging field, especially concerning the internet, both at work and personally. Using cybersecurity measures, you can safeguard your data against a wide range of potential risks:

  • Malware: Malicious software, including viruses, trojan horses, and ransomware, can infect systems and compromise data.
  • Phishing: Deceptive techniques that trick users into providing sensitive information, like login credentials or credit card information. 
  • Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attacks: Attempts to overwhelm a system or network with too much traffic, making it unavailable to legitimate users.
  • Data Breaches: Unauthorized access to sensitive information, which leads to potential data theft or exposure.
  • Insider Threats: Attacks or data breaches caused by employees or trusted individuals with access to internal systems.
  • Social Engineering: Manipulating individuals into revealing sensitive information or performing actions compromising security.
  • Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs): Long-term, stealthy attacks targeted at specific users to gain access to sensitive information.

Organizations and individuals can take a few proactive measures to prevent these threats. It is important to use various cybersecurity practices and tools, including:

  • Firewalls: Network security systems controlling and monitoring traffic based on established security rules.
  • Encryption: Converting data into a code to protect it from unauthorized access.
  • Antivirus Software: Programs that scan for and get rid of malicious software.
  • Multi-factor Authentication (MFA): Using a code sent to your phone, Google Authenticator of similar apps can add an extra layer of security to your data, since it requires more than one form of ID to access a system.
  • Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS): Monitors network activity and attempts to detect and block suspicious behavior.
  • Regular Updates and Patches: Ensure your software, operating systems, and applications are updated with the latest security fixes.
  • Security Awareness Training: Educate your team about cybersecurity best practices and potential risks.

You should note that cybersecurity is an ongoing process. Cyber threats evolve over time, and as technology advances, you’ll need to upgrade your cybersecurity measures. This is essential to protect sensitive information and maintain the integrity and availability of digital systems.

How can Cybersecurity Issues Impact Your Global Team? 

Cybersecurity breaches can significantly impact distributed teams since members are located in different locations and rely on digital tools and technologies to collaborate. 

Here’s how cybersecurity breaches can impact distributed teams:

  • Data Breaches and Loss of Confidential Information: If a cyber attacker gains unauthorized access to sensitive data or confidential information, it can lead to data breaches, potentially exposing sensitive business data, intellectual property, or personal information of team members and clients.
  • Disruption of Collaboration Tools and Communication: Distributed teams heavily rely on various online collaboration tools, such as video conferencing platforms, project management software, and cloud-based file-sharing systems. A cybersecurity breach could disrupt these tools, hampering team communication and coordination.
  • Downtime and Productivity Loss: Cyberattacks like Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can cause system outages and downtime, leading to a loss of productivity for the team as they may not be able to access critical resources or complete their tasks.
  • Compromised Credentials and Identity Theft: Phishing attacks can compromise team members' login credentials and result in identity theft, allowing cybercriminals to impersonate team members and gain access to sensitive information or perform malicious activities on their behalf.
  • Reputation and Trust Damage: A cybersecurity breach can damage the reputation and trust of the distributed team and the organization they represent. Clients and partners may lose confidence in the team's ability to protect sensitive information, leading to potential business and financial repercussions.
  • Legal and Regulatory Consequences: Depending on the nature of the breach and the data involved, a cybersecurity incident may result in legal liabilities and regulatory penalties, especially if the team handles personally identifiable information (PII) or sensitive data subject to privacy laws.
  • More Expensive Security: After a breach, your distributed team may need to invest in additional cybersecurity measures and resources to prevent future incidents, which can result in increased operational costs.
  • Employee Stress and Morale:  The aftermath of a cybersecurity breach can be stressful for your team, affecting their morale and overall job satisfaction.

To lessen the impact of cybersecurity breaches on distributed teams, organizations must implement strict cybersecurity guidelines, including:

  • Security awareness training for team members to recognize and respond to potential threats.
  • Strong password policies and multi-factor authentication to protect login credentials.
  • Regular software updates and patches to address known vulnerabilities.
  • Encryption of sensitive data to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Use of secure and reliable collaboration tools and communication platforms.
  • Regular cybersecurity audits and risk assessments to identify and address potential weaknesses in the team's digital infrastructure.

By prioritizing cybersecurity and implementing preventive measures, distributed teams can better protect their data, operations, and reputation from cyber threats.

How Can Borderless Help?

Managing a remote team is tough. At Borderless, we understand the ins and outs of global employment, including tricky topics like cybersecurity. We’re here to ensure you understand how cybersecurity impacts both your payroll responsibilities as an employer and your legal compliance requirements.   

In over 150 countries, we can help you understand the different work cultures worldwide and act as your guide through your employees’ entire tenure with your company. 

Book a demo today to find out how we can help.