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New Year, New Threats: 10 Resolutions to Keep Your Properties Secure

Ah, the new year—a time for fresh starts, renewed goals, and yes, cyber security resolutions! Staying ahead in the cyber security game is vital, especially for those in the bustling world of commercial real estate. New threats are constantly emerging, and playing catch up can be exhausting, but it's important. Fortify your digital defenses with these top cyber security resolutions tailored for the savvy professionals of the commercial real estate realm.

  1. Embrace Password Power-Ups: Like changing the batteries in your smoke detector, let's make updating passwords a routine. Make it a monthly habit to fortify your digital fortress by changing passwords, and ensure they're robust—mix it up with a concoction of letters, numbers, and special characters.

  2. Enlighten the Team: Cyber security isn't a solo mission. Rally the troops at your real estate firm and embark on a cyber security enlightenment campaign. Conduct workshops, share tips, and encourage everyone to be vigilant about phishing emails and suspicious links.

  3. Bolster the Virtual Perimeter: Think of cyber security as your building's security detail. Upgrade your defenses by installing reliable antivirus software, firewalls, and keeping them up-to-date. It's like adding extra locks and security cameras to your digital premises.

  4. Back It Up, Back It Up: Just like the essential paperwork in real estate, data is invaluable. Establish a robust backup routine for all critical data. Consider cloud storage or external drives—whatever floats your digital boat—to ensure your information stays safe, even if the unforeseen happens.

  5. Patch Up Your Software: Software updates aren't just about new features; they often include crucial security patches. Make a resolution to never ignore those pesky update notifications, ensuring your systems are fortified against known vulnerabilities.

  6. Instill Privacy Protocols: Treat sensitive information like confidential contracts—guard it fiercely! Encrypt sensitive data, limit access to authorized personnel, and institute a policy of data minimization. The less data floating around, the smaller the cyber-target.

  7. Stay Informed and Adapt: Cyber threats are shapeshifters, constantly evolving. Make it a point to stay updated on the latest cyber security trends and threats. Adaptation is key in this digital arms race.

  8. Test Your Defenses: Conduct routine cyber security assessments or hire professionals to stress-test your systems. It's like hiring a building inspector to ensure your property is up to code.

  9. Instigate Incident Response Plans: Have a clear plan in place for when (not if) a cyber incident occurs. Swift and decisive action can mitigate potential damage and expedite recovery.

  10. Cultivate a Culture of Vigilance: Cyber security isn't a one-time deal—it's a mindset. Foster a culture where everyone in your commercial real estate team values and prioritizes cybersecurity. Encourage open communication about potential risks and champion proactive measures.

Remember, in the ever-expanding digital landscape, cyber security isn't just a checkbox—it's a continual journey. So, as we step into this new year, let's pledge to fortify our digital foundations, protecting our data and operations in the dynamic world of commercial real estate.

To learn more about how 5Q can help you with all of these cyber resolutions, reach out to us at or learn more about our full suite of cyber services at

Cheers to a secure and prosperous year ahead!

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