The definition of cybersecurity has drastically changed from what it was two years ago. Cyberattacks suffered by companies like Target, Home Depot and Sony Entertainment last year have caused businesses to take digital security much more seriously.
Technology such as disaster recovery systems protects data from being destroyed after a damaging attack, but it's not enough to stop hackers.
Instead of preventing damage, minimize it
Many businesses are afraid they don't have enough money to spend on data protection systems or email encryption services, but Information Age insisted organizations need to instead realize they can't afford to not have these mechanisms.
"It is simply not possible to beat these hackers," James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., told the BBC. "Criminals want to make money, and if they find it difficult to get into your network they will move on to another target."
Cybersecurity basics such as email encryption, antivirus software and malware detection have become crucial for any business. However, these tools will not prevent cyberattacks - they will minimize them. Companies should focus on making it difficult for hackers to compromise information instead of trying to avoid attacks altogether.
Ways to protect the system in place
The BBC recommended companies segment their networks, which means if hackers gain access to a network, they can only steal information from that one alone. The other systems will need different keys to be accessed. Additionally, the source highlighted the oil and gas industries' method of disconnecting control systems from corporate networks. This strategy deters hackers from reaching the main system entirely.
Another suggestion by the BBC involved being conscious of old data that is no longer necessary to keep. Many companies may hesitate to do this due to the popularity of big data.
"The problem with big data infrastructure is that all the data is in one basket," Rick Holland, a security and risk management analyst at Forrester Research, told the BBC. "In many companies, if a hacker could compromise the big data container [he or she] could get everything."
Information Age reported that keeping employees trained and educated about potential risks may help keep company systems more secure. Workers should know how to update antivirus software and identify spam, malware and unsolicited emails. Supervisors have to keep staff in the loop with regard to cybersecurity measures to ensure the business stays safe as hackers get smarter.