Protecting the email inboxes with robust cybersecurity measures is no longer option. It's a requirement to running a safe, successful business.
After all, 60% of small businesses shut down within 6 months of a data breach.
AC360 Shied Email Protection was created to save such value-adding businesses from jeopardy.
This article is a continuation of advanced security measures, part I, where we discussed how attackers compromise emails and how AC360 providers the necessary protection.
Here we explore additional advanced cybersecurity measures and some best email practices as advised by industry experts.
Advanced Cybersecurity Protection with AC360 Shield
AC360 is designed to not only streamline communication but also fortify your digital fortress against a myriad of cyber threats.
At its core, the tool has the following features:
· Spam & malware protection
· Phishing imposter detection and blocking
· Email encryption
· Content control
· Security awareness training
But that isn't enough, or at least not comprehensive. There's still room for improvement. Therefore, AC360 has two additional cybersecurity protection in place. These are:
· Managed care
In today's evolving landscape, a single layer of protection is rarely enough. Businesses with digital-heavy operations need multiple layers of protection. This ensures that if one layer is compromised, another layer is in place to mitigate the effect.
That's where managed security care comes into play. By outsourcing email security management, you can focus more on core tasks and not on safeguarding accounts.
The AC360 Armour is the managed care solution offering for small to mid-size businesses. Our team ensures you stay one step ahead from the hackers with latest security measures.
· Backup and disaster recovery
Accidental deletions, hardware failures, or even malicious activities can result in the loss of critical email data. Data breaches often delete or steal the information contained in emails.
Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) ensures that your email data is regularly backed up, allowing for quick recovery in the event of data loss. This is vital for maintaining the integrity and continuity of your email communications.
BDR for email accounts are crucial components of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. And our AC360 Scale offers that capability. Create automatic backups of all your email accounts in a secure drive, which can be easily retrieved at any time.
With AC360 Scale and AC360 Armour, your business emails get the total protection they need.
Best Practices to Keep Your Email Accounts Safe
No matter how advanced the technology gets, it cannot completely mitigate the human errors. As you may know, manual error is the single biggest reason for data breach.
Therefore, you need to follow the best practices to keep your organization safe from bad actors. Some of them are:
· Use MFA for logins
Microsoft revealed that one simple action can reduce 99.9% of cyberattacks. And that is MFA or multi-factor authentication.
2FA or two-factor authentication adds a crucial step for account access, even if passwords are compromised. You can have three or even four factor authentication for critical email accounts. Besides text messages, you can use other methods like authenticator apps, or biometrics.
· Discourage reuse of passwords and encourage strong passwords
It's not uncommon for people to reuse passwords for various apps and services. But experts say this is a bad security practice.
For sensitive accounts, you should use passwords that are strong and unique. Use complex passwords with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
And encourage changing passwords from time to time.
· Conduct regular audits
Email isn't a set-it-and-forget-it tool. You need to constantly check for vulnerabilities and threats.
Thus, regularly audit and assess email security measures. This includes reviewing access controls, monitoring for unusual account activities, and ensuring that security protocols are up to date.
· Develop an incident response plan
You can only plan for email hacks and mitigate the possibility, but cannot prevent them. So what happens when one of your accounts is compromised?
That's what an incident response plan defines.
Have a well-defined incident response plan to address email compromises swiftly. This should include procedures for communication, containment, eradication, and recovery in the event of a security incident.
· Refrain from using public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi networks can pose security threats to email accounts. Using public Wi-Fi exposes users to various risks, including Man-in-the-Middle attacks (MitM).
If your team is using public Wi-Fi, employ a VPN to encrypt your internet connection and protect your email traffic from potential eavesdropping.
· Review third-party app permission
Your team likely uses other applications besides email client and shares data between the two. Regularly review and audit the third-party applications or services that have access to your email account. Then revoke access for any applications that are no longer needed or trusted.
With the AC360 platform and the aforementioned best practices, you're in the best position to safeguard your business from the hackers. Contact us today to learn more.