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6 tips to improve logistics cybersecurity

12/26/2019

6 tips to improve logistics cybersecurity

While you may not always think of it, your logistics firm probably faces just as much risk from cybersecurity threats as it does from physical theft. From viruses and malware to hacking attacks and ransomware, these issues are growing more pervasive, and if your company doesn't have a policy around cybersecurity, you could find yourself needlessly vulnerable to such an issue.

The following tips should help you right the ship and increase your security:

1) Use anti-virus and firewall protection

Simply put, no personal or business device should be without these protections in the 21st century, and if your company's systems are going without, it's time to change that, according to Datex. There are plenty of effective low-cost options out there and the relatively small expense will likely pale in comparison to the possible financial impact of being victimized just once.

2) Have a mobile BYOD policy

Of course, it's difficult to uphold a cybersecurity approach when so many employees are bringing their own smartphones and other devices to and from the office on a daily basis, Datex added. For that reason, you need to develop a policy about how and when they connect to any company networks, and make sure it's effectively communicated to every one of your employees.

3) Upgrade your physical security

If you have a dedicated room in which sensitive information is saved on servers, hard drives or other storage solutions, you should make sure it's properly protected, according to Overflo Warehouse. Something as simple as adding heavy-duty locks to these spaces could go a long way toward ensuring digital data isn't physically stolen. Likewise, it's important to invest in locking filing cabinets for physical files as well.

4) Keep an eye on access

Part and parcel with physical security upgrades is getting a better understanding of who does or does not have access to sensitive information, in the real world and digitally, Overflo Warehouse noted. It can be easy enough to do both: Provide keys to the proper people for physical access, and consistently update permissions on any digital platforms you maintain.

5) Keep all software up to date

An important part of cybersecurity is making sure you're running the latest versions of the various programs your company relies on, according to Snap Fulfil. Often, updates issued by their creators will patch security risks and other problems that could lead to vulnerabilities. Delaying these updates even by a week could leave you open to unnecessary risk, so when new versions come out, it's best to update as soon as possible.

6) Communicate all policies effectively

It's one thing to build a great cybersecurity policy, but it's entirely another to make sure everyone acts in a way that helps guarantee you can uphold it on an ongoing basis, Snap Fulfil advised. For that reason, all employees should be fully aware of what's expected of them when they use company software or networks, and how to keep risk and vulnerabilities at a minimum.