Cybersecurity has evolved significantly over the last two decades. Where it was often enough just to have the right virus software on your work computers, today’s complex online world requires a mix of legal, business and technical measures to ensure you business remains secure.
Legal Measures for Cybersecurity
A range of legal measures and cybersecurity laws have made companies more responsible in recent times. In the last few years, one of the biggest changes has been the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU. Even if you are outside the EU economic area and not subject to all it’s rules, if you are dealing with customers in that location you have to adhere to the GDPR.
In the US, cybersecurity laws can vary from sector to sector but more wide-ranging legal commitments include the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Electronic Communications Protection Act. Understanding these commitments are essential for compliance and staying on the right side of the legal apparatus.
The Technical Choices Facing Businesses
Another area that businesses have to look closely at is the technology, software and hardware they choose to operate. Having an IT support system in place that is focused on cybersecurity is vital for any business, whatever its size.
With cloud-based options and ever-increasing cybersecurity challenges, this is not a static commitment on the part of your businesses. It’s a landscape that is constantly changing and delivering new challenges.
Setting Cybersecurity Processes Within Your Business
One thing that has changed for businesses of all types, is the kind of cybersecurity protections they have in place in the form of processes and procedures. An IT strategy not only needs to cover staying on the right side of the law and introducing the appropriate technology but working to make sure staff know what their responsibilities are.
Especially in the age of mobile devices, cybersecurity has become one of the major challenges that all business face and building a strategy is not only desirable but an essential part of running a modern company.