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How to prepare for the digital new year

Published 3 January 2022 in Brain circuits • 2 min read

An unfortunate reality of business these days is that you are under constant threat, whether you realize it or not. Cyberattacks are progressively more common and are likely to be one of the things you may have to deal with in the New Year. You don’t have to live in fear of these attacks, though; there is a lot you can do to prepare for this inevitable reality.

Imagine you are sitting down at your desk with your morning coffee; before you can stop yourself you click a link that came in your email. Next thing you know, your computer has frozen and you have received a ransom note. Do you know who to call first? This is an exercise you should do with your team to prepare.

There are certain key questions you should be asking right now to ensure you are prepared to act quickly when your systems are hacked. Here are four essential ones.

Cyber readiness isn’t just about preparing for attacks. There are many things you need to consider about your digital presence. You should change your thinking about data as just information in the digital universe. Data is similar to a commodity, with similar ethical issues. Read this to help you understand it.

Just as we are all looking at sustainability practices for the physical world, so we need to consider sustainable and ethical practices for the virtual world. Corporate digital responsibility (CDR) is a set of practices and behaviors that help an organization to use data and digital technologies in a way that is socially, economically, technically, and environmentally responsible. To understand this further, read this.

Once you’ve developed an understanding of digital corporate responsibility, you should test your plan with these questions.

 

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