Business Continuity Awareness Week: Cybersecurity

cybersecurity awareness poster: password sticky note
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Business Continuity Awareness Week starts May 15. As this year's theme is cybersecurity, here are some of our favorite tips for building a strong cybersecurity plan.

Create Strong Passwords


"123456" or "QWERTY" may be easy to remember, but they make for easily guessed or hacked passwords. Yet they were two of the most common passwords used in 2016, according to Keeper Security's study of 10 million passwords leaked in data breaches last year.

Protect your company from data breaches by educating employees on creating strong passwords. Warn them of the dangers of reusing previous passwords, and require them to create new unique passwords on a frequent basis.

Evaluate Your Bring-Your-Own-Device Policy


Allowing employees to connect to your company network from their own personal devices can be a great way to cut down on costs, but it can lead to possible data breaches. Minimize this risk by developing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy or by updating your existing policy.

A good BYOD policy should address application permissions, public Wi-Fi use, operating system updates, locking functions and other factors that may present security risks.

Don't Neglect the Internet of Things


While most people might be aware of the importance of a strong password, many don't realize their internet-connected devices are also prime targets for hackers. Ensure your cybersecurity policy accounts for all devices connected to your network, and have a clear business continuity plan in case of an attack or downtime.

Do you have any cybersecurity tips? Let us know in the comments!