How To Optimise Your Cybersecurity Strategy For 2023?

How To Optimise Your Cybersecurity Strategy

What should be the foremost concern for Aussie business owners as we transition into the digital age? Easy.

With rates of cyber attacks continuing to increase across Australia, investing in cybersecurity should undoubtedly be a top priority for all Australian business owners in 2023. If your business is yet to develop their own game plan when it comes to keeping your company network and all connected devices secure (including in-house devices and remote devices), then this guide on how to optimise your cybersecurity strategy in time for 2023 may help provide you and your coworkers with some direction.

Read on to help ensure that the safety and security of your organisation starts off on the strongest footing possible in the coming New Year. 

Research new technologies and methodologies

There are some questions you’ll likely need to ask yourself when setting up a cybersecurity strategy for a home or business. These questions could be anything from ‘What is a VPN?’, to ‘How much should I be spending on cybersecurity?’. Whilst the answers to some questions may be evergreen, the answers to others may actually be subject to change, which is exactly why they should be revisited every year, or even every quarter for companies who are looking to make highly dynamic and adaptable cybersecurity strategies for all their departments. 

As cybersecurity is a rapidly evolving field, there are naturally bound to be new technologies or methodologies that your company could be utilising in its own cybersecurity strategy moving forward. For this reason, it’s imperative that this process of revisiting or building upon your existing cybersecurity strategy begins with some independent research into the tools and techniques that are available to you. 

Doing your own preliminary research when developing your cybersecurity strategy offers a range of benefits for Aussie families and business owners. For starters, knowledge is key for ensuring that your developed cybersecurity strategy is perfectly suited to your home or office environment and its unique needs. Similarly, doing your research beforehand may also help reduce your risks of paying for technologies or methods that aren’t entirely necessary for the size or scope of your organisation. In other words, taking some time to research may even help you save financial resources that could be better utilised elsewhere. 

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Outline your cybersecurity budget

On the topic of conserving your company’s financial resources, it’s common for many business owners to underspend on their cybersecurity budgets, taking a reactionary approach to cybersecurity concerns over developing a proactive strategy. Whilst this reactive approach may be a cost-saver for many smaller businesses and even households, the risk factors for solely investing in cybersecurity once your network is actively under attack or being targeted by hackers are naturally elevated when compared to the risk factors of maintaining a proactive cybersecurity strategy. 

With this in mind, it certainly does pay to develop a clearly defined cybersecurity strategy that factors in a dynamic selection of security measures. For example, a firewall for your network that’s then paired with VPNs for all connected devices is naturally going to provide more protection than just opting for one or the other. 

Although you may have to invest in both of these measures, the costs associated with these investments can drastically outweigh the costs of falling victim to a cyberattack, and it doesn’t even have to be a particularly aggressive cyberattack for these dollar figures to get extreme. Even public knowledge that your company has fallen victim to a cyberattack in any form could result in the loss of business due to security concerns from your client base. 

Renew any antivirus software plans

If you do make use of antivirus software plans to help keep your network connection secure, now is the perfect time to review and renew those plans if the end of contract dates align with the close of the calendar year. Antivirus software providers tend to send renewal emails and notifications in the lead-up to your contract end date, so be sure to keep a lookout for these to help direct you through this particular element of your cybersecurity strategising.

Although antivirus software providers do seek to take a lot of the guesswork out of the renewal process for repeat customers, we do recommend shopping around for alternative plans rather than blindly renewing your existing plan. You may find some more competitively priced antivirus packages in the process, allowing you to save some funds. If you’re a fan of your current antivirus software provider, then we recommend calling their customer service line to see if they can offer a price match on any similar alternative packages that you were able to find. 

Review your company’s cybersecurity policy

Last but not least, for companies who are maintaining and expanding on an existing cybersecurity strategy, it’s a good rule of thumb to take the final weeks of the year or perhaps even the first few quiet weeks of the New Year, to review your company’s cybersecurity policy. This will entail integrating any new tools, technologies, or other security investments into your company policy as well as any accompanying educational materials for your staff. 

Taking the time to develop a clear cybersecurity policy can help ensure that all the members of your organisation are on the same page with regards to how they can best keep your company safe online. Remember that investing in the right tools and technologies is only half the equation when it comes to cybersecurity strategising, and that keeping any network safe is truthfully a team effort. 

All your investments in cybersecurity tools and technologies will be made in vain if your staff don’t possess strong digital literacy skills and have developed the ability to detect potential threats online, be it in the form of spam in their company inboxes, or as a lone, suspicious thumb drive that’s been left in your building’s carpark. 

By investing in education and cybersecurity training for your staff alongside developing a highly dynamic, proactive cybersecurity strategy, you can make sure that your modern business is in the strongest possible position to stay protected against the ever-present threat of cybercrime both in 2023 and beyond. 

Author:
I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...