Five tips for corporate cybersecurity

01 May 2023
Scott Ritchey
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In today’s digital age, cybersecurity is an essential aspect of any organization. At SPIE, by securing the data and activities that support our efforts for the global photonics community we have gained insights on effective approaches and are working to share benefits with the community. Here are five effective ways to improve your company’s cybersecurity and ensure a safe digital environment.

Educate your team

Over 90% of all data breaches are the result of phishing attacks, according to a report from Cisco. By running internal phishing exercises and educating your staff with Ninjio you can reduce that risk. SPIE has been using Ninjio as a security awareness training platform for many years. It uses engaging, micro-learning videos to teach employees about various cyber threats. Now, SPIE Corporate Members qualify for a 20% discount from Ninjio. Reach out to to learn about this benefit.

Implement the NIST Framework

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework is a comprehensive guide to managing and reducing cybersecurity risk. It provides a set of best practices, guidelines, and standards that can help organizations establish a strong cybersecurity foundation. By implementing the NIST Framework, your company can improve its security posture and enhance resilience against cyber threats.

Invest in a secure network infrastructure

A secure network infrastructure is the backbone of any organization’s cybersecurity strategy. Invest in advanced security solutions, such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and endpoint protection software. Additionally, adopt a zero-trust model and implement multi-factor authentication to ensure only authorized users have access to sensitive data and systems.

Conduct regular cybersecurity audits

Regular cybersecurity audits can help identify vulnerabilities and gaps in your organization’s security posture. By evaluating your company’s compliance with industry standards, cybersecurity policies, and best practices, these audits can provide valuable insights and recommendations for improvement. Make sure to address identified weaknesses promptly and continuously update your cybersecurity strategy to stay ahead of evolving threats.

Establish executive support for cybersecurity

In the end, creating a culture of security starts at the top. To strengthen your organization’s cybersecurity, gain the support and commitment of top-level executives. They should understand the importance of cybersecurity and its potential impact on the company’s operations and reputation. By allocating sufficient resources, setting clear expectations, and encouraging open communication, executives will create an atmosphere where employees feel empowered to take cybersecurity seriously. Improving your company’s cybersecurity requires a comprehensive approach that involves executive support, adherence to best practices, staff education, investment in secure infrastructure, and regular audits. By implementing these five tips, you can create a more secure environment and safeguard your organization’s valuable assets.

Scott Ritchey is Chief Technology Officer at SPIE.

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