Improving Biotech IT and Security in 3 Steps
Even a company handling biotech and life sciences need to prepare for the worst. Given how data and research continue to grow reliant on tech and net connectivity, keeping your processes as smooth as possible is a commonsense solution.
But the path to an ideal IT infrastructure framework can take a while to build. It requires understanding an organization’s needs, the right resources, and patience. However, there are a few simple, but immediate tips you can take advantage of it make things safer for everyone.
1 – Roll out 2FA/MFA
Two-factor and multifactor authentication are great, simple ways to immediately add a strong layer of security to all internet-facing devices on your network. So much so that it’s growing as a default feature with newer devices.
The idea is that when logging into a company network (or otherwise), users will need access to an additional code only they can get. Typically, it’s on another device.
By adding one extra login method, it prevents network hackers and otherwise from brute-forcing their way into your systems.
2 – Create a cybersecurity “score” checklist
For any network or platform, there are cybersecurity essentials. Those must-haves dictate the standards of basic protection.
A healthy score means you have the following as part of your IT infrastructure. And, obviously, a “lower” score isn’t what you want. Here’s a cheat sheet below:
- Anti-virus/anti-malware software is installed
- Relevant data storage and analytic software is up-to-date (along with all other relevant apps)
- Enforce a healthy password policy
- Have backup options in place in case of disaster, such as from malware, storms, and hardware failure(s)
Are these absent in your current cybersecurity model? That’s a red flag it’s time to do some “indoor cleaning.”
3 – Establish an Education Protocol
Even with the best resources, software, and tools, it won’t mean much if your own staff isn’t practiced in basic cybersecurity knowledge. Human error is one of the biggest problems threatening a business since it’s an internal issue. It’s why phishing schemes still work today.
That’s why, as a final but still essential tip is to establish a strong educational policy for good IT and cybersecurity practices. Educating a workforce comes down to different points of importance and depends on what your Biotech company needs. It could be awareness training for phishing messages, zero-trust policies, or how best to use security software.
But hey, easier said than done right? And even easy steps have their own curveballs. If you’re still experiencing difficulties or want additional help, consider an MSP.