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Little steps add up to a lot when it comes to cybersecurity

Written on Mar 24, 2022

By Jessica Salerno-Shumaker, OSCPA senior content manager 

To excel at cybersecurity, one expert says the key is to take a multi-pronged approach to protection. 

“There is no one silver bullet,” said Damon Hacker, President & CEO and a founder of Vestige Digital Investigations, a digital forensics company with headquarters in Cleveland. “Cybersecurity is a lot of small things done well, that when put together really make a much bigger protection.” 

Hacker said people have become more aware of cybersecurity issues over the years, but they need to act on that awareness to make their efforts worthwhile. Some of those best practices include password protection, multi-factor authentication and staffing training to prevent phishing attempts.  

Some businesses might scoff at continually updating their cybersecurity, but Hacker said it’s essential to ensure protection is at its best. It doesn’t have to all be done in one year, he said, but look at a long-term plan to schedule regular updates to the system to make sure protection practices aren’t out of date. 

Companies and individuals shouldn’t be overwhelmed by cybersecurity, Hacker said, especially if they don’t have a designated IT person on staff. He suggested hiring an outside company to conduct an audit first to discover the areas that are most vulnerable, and then move forward from there. Many of the best practices haven’t changed in recent years, he said, but they need to be implemented to succeed.  

“The biggest thing that I've seen that in cybersecurity has changed over the years is now people are much more aware of it and attuned to the things,” Hacker said. “But realistically, when you look at the best practices in terms of what you should be doing, it's still a lot of the same things that we've said for all these years.”