Cyber security also know as computer security or IT security is having a process in place to safeguard your computer systems from unauthorised users accessing data or causing damage to computer hardware or software.
No two businesses are the same when it comes to cyber risks. Cyber risk can be defined as the risk connected to online activity, electronic systems, networks, and data storage. The need for cyber security will only increase as technology develops and more Internet of Things (IoT) devices become connected to the internet. It is therefore key to understand the cyber risks your business could face and develop a strategy to minimise the threats.
Here are some simple steps you can take to protect your business against common cyber security threats:
- Install antivirus and anti-malware programs on all company devices. You can't detect a potential security threat if you're not looking for it. Make sure all company computers have antivirus software installed and are actively scanning for threats
- Train your employees. Employees are an important line of defence, keep them informed and educate them when not to open attachments, click on links, download programs or visit certain websites. Have a written internet security policy that you can give to all new employees to be sure they have received the guidelines, and emphasize the importance of following them
- Secure your devices. Consider implementing password protection on all devices that can access company information, and use tracking software or apps to locate or wipe a lost device. Create a written BYOD (bring your own device) plan for employees who use personal devices for work
- Password-protect all wireless networks. Even if your office isn't in a busy public area, it's still very possible that it can be accessed by those outside your company. Consider also hiding the network name for added security
- Change passwords frequently. Passwords can be your first line of defence against attacks and intrusions. A strong password should contain at least 8 characters, a combination of letters (both upper and lowercase), numbers and symbols if allowed. Try not to use simple dictionary words and add numbers at the beginning or end as these are easy to break
- Back up everything! Even if the worst-case scenario occurs and data is stolen or erased, you can still restore it. Use either an off-site storage solution or the cloud. Add up the total number of records you could lose in a data breach, and this could spiral into the millions
- Have a contingency plan. If a data breach occurs, have a plan in place. Make sure you are able to remotely wipe any stolen or lost devices. Also, make a list of contacts to notify first, including credit monitoring companies, solicitors and communication agents. The plan should identify who has access to certain information, how data is stored and how it is backed up
To find out more about how to protect your business, contact one of our experts on 0330 433233.