We’ve compiled a quick list of simple steps to take to protect your business from cyber attacks.
1.Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication
Avoid using predictable passwords such as family, pet names and dates of birth. It’s also really common for people to use easy to guess passwords (such as pa$$word). This may sound like common sense, but you would be surprised how many data breaches have happened in large businesses whereby hackers have tried a number of generic passwords… and fell lucky!
2. Multifactor authentication (MFA)
Another layer of security to bear in mind with passwords is multifactor authentication. This is particularly good practice for sensitive information such as banking and emails. Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a security system that requires more than one method of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify the user’s identity for a login or other transaction.
3. Regularly backup your data
It’s extremely important that regular backups are taken (we recommend daily) AND you test that they work / can be restored. If you haven’t already – consider backing up to the cloud. Data that is backed up to the cloud is stored in a separate location which means you can access it quickly, from anywhere; preventing / reducing any inconvenience caused by data loss.
4. Protect your business from malware
Simple steps to protect your business from malware damage include using antivirus software to protect all PC’s and laptops, regularly run patches for all software, control access to removeable media such as USB sticks and most-importantly educate your users to ensure nothing is downloaded from unknown sources. An additional factor to consider is replacing devices, equipment and software that are no longer supported by manufacturers / vendors with up-to-date alternatives (e.g. Windows Server 2008).
5. Ensure your mobile devices / tablets are protected
Securing devices that are used outside of the safety of the office is essential for the cyber protection of your business. We advise that you use PIN / fingerprint recognition on all mobile devices, set up remote wiping / remote locking for if the device gets lost or stolen and also that employees using mobile devices never share sensitive data over a public WiFi hotspot.
6. Protect your users with web security
The network no longer stops at the firewall, users are becoming more mobile. One way to prevent your business from cyber attacks is to protect users against DNS Layer attacks by blocking access to malicious and unwanted domains, IP addresses, and cloud applications before a connection is ever established. Business and IT Admins are able to whitelist website activity to ensure users don’t end up on malicious sites inadvertently. Users are protected no matter if they are within your business or working remotely.
If you would like to explore any of the above points in further detail, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We only work with world-class cyber security partners, to ensure that we provide a high quality, trustworthy and reliable service to your business.