By this point we’re sure you’ve probably heard every superlative under the sun used to describe the year that has been, even from ourselves included.  

So, to buck the trend if you will, in one of our recent brainstorming sessions as a team, we put together four key security and business continuity considerations we think every Australian organisation should be aware of heading into 2021.  

We hope you find them resourceful.  

  1. Keeping the lights on in the face of disruption 

One of the many talking points out of this turbulent year has been organisations ability to maintain business continuity amidst uncontrollable external factors. Using COVID-19 as an example, it meant facilitating secure remote work and for many, implementing new digital initiatives. But moving into 2021, there are many lessons that can be learnt. We’re not saying a new pandemic will break out, but there are all kinds of other challenges that can force you to pivot operations quickly.  

From storms, floods and fire, to theft, compliance regulations and more. Now is the perfect time to review your disaster recovery strategy and processes. Ensure you have your backups in order, your procurement framework is agile, you know what to do in the event of a cyber-attack (both operationally and legally), and you can continue to operate no matter what challenges might come your way.  

  1. Ensuring your operations and technology investments are sustainable 

Cash-flow is everything. To sustain business continuity, sometimes immediate cash is needed, but depending on your business model, and how you consume your technology, this might not always be the case. But considering the current landscape of the economy, now is the perfect time for businesses to take a defined and strategic look at how they’re paying for, and consuming their IT resources. Because if not now, then when?   

Looking at things like capital expenditures, migrating to more predictable and cost-effective operational expenses, and how you can generate cash from your existing IT infrastructure can open new doors for you. Here at JagFT, we are well positioned with our finance, technology and business services to deliver a variety of financial and asset options that can provide you with a certain level of assurance, that if something unexpected was to arise, you’re well positioned to meet it head on.  

Click here to read important financial considerations for Australian businesses.  

Click here to learn about our finance plans and lifecycle solutions. 

  1. Security measures are in place to mitigate the growing risk landscape 

Just as organised crime and bootleggers took advantage of America’s prohibition in the 1920s, modern day cyber criminals and hackers are always looking to take advantage of the unsuspecting public. This year we’ve seen the number of COVID-19 specific phishing and malware threats skyrocket as a result of the publics thirst for knowledge and information.  

As AI and machine learning technologies continue to advance in 2021, these threats are going to continue to evolve in both sophistication, and potency. As such, it’s imperative that you’re across your security strategy, are aware of the numerous threats and the ways in which they seek to gain access to your information. For example, if staff are working remotely, ensure they’re only accessing information on secure networks, and ensure all devices are up to date with the latest security patches.  

  1. Strive to implement an organisation-wide security culture 

Now this is something that you can implement without having to break the bank. Don’t get us wrong, it’s incredibly important to have the right security tools and strategies in place, but if your organisation has no interest in practicing correct cyber security, the technology can only do so much. You need to work on implementing an organisation-wide security culture.  

Educating staff on what a phishing attack looks like, and rewarding those that correctly identify potential risks. People can often feel guilty about clicking on the wrong link, and are sometimes standoffish of raising the alarm for fear of retribution. Raising the alarm needs to be applauded, the sooner its raised, the sooner the issue can be remedied. Additionally, promoting things like multi-factor authentication, updating operating systems as soon as they’re available, and understanding and following correct password protocol and internet usage are all factors that contribute to a positive security culture.  

At JagFT, we’re specialists in guiding organisations down the right security and business continuity path, whether its across networking, infrastructure, governance, endpoints or just overall culture.  

Talk to our friendly team about a security posture evaluation and identify any potential weaknesses in your current measures.