Whether you are a sole trader, SME, not-for-profit organisation or B2C company, it is important to take action, educate and protect your organisation from cyber attacks/crime.
Follow our 5 top topics to help you become more cyber aware and secure:
1.Secure your business with strong passwords and enable two factor authentication
2.Educate your teams on phishing to help prevent cyber attacks
3.Get your business Cyber Essentials Certified
4.Always update and get your patch management in order
5. Backup your data to avoid business downtime
1. Get the basics covered. We use passwords in everyday life for a variety of different accounts, make sure it’s over 15 characters long, that you are using a combination of capital and lower case letters, numbers and symbols and its better when you avoid actual words and common phases. If you need help, click here to find out how to choose a secure password.
2. Phishing emails are the most common method to be subjected to a cyber attack, such as malware and ransomware. Be wary of suspicious links and files, check for grammar and spelling mistakes and the send from address. Attackers like to create a sense of urgency so you are more likely to make mistakes so be sure to keep calm, check the above tips and ask someone else for advice you more likely be fine.
3. Getting Cyber Essentials Certified demonstrates to other businesses that you yourself are a secure business to trust. You can self-certify yourself but it is highly recommended that you pay for the Cyber Essentials Plus option but is carried out by an independently by a Certification Body. Giving you and your clients/customers peace of mind that you have put the necessary measure n to help secure your IT against cyber attacks. Test how your organisations response would be like in a cyber attack here.
4. When it comes to devices pressing the snooze button on updates is a big no no. Laptops, tablets and mobiles should all have the most up to date software and you should ensure that your business laptops are receiving regular patches to help satisfy your data is protected from cyber criminals. Having the most up to date version of an app will help protect you against getting infected with bugs. The reason for updates is to improve the security of your device, which protects your personal information. Hackers take advantage of outdated design which then puts your information at risk if you haven’t downloaded the latest updates.
5. It is important to backup your data, even if you have Office 365. Ensure you have a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solution tailored to your business goals and needs. In straight forward terms, every business needs to backup their data. Losing data could cost you your reputation, customers and could also lead to costly fines. You must understand what aspects of your business need backing up, whether that’s to enable you to operate business as usual if data loss occurred or from a legal and compliance standpoint. If you need more info on what to consider when choosing a Cloud Backup Solution, click here.
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