Attacks are at large and happening in unprecedented amounts. Cyber attacks are hurting companies everywhere in the world. Attacks make computers inoperable and stop a business's progress and growth dead in its tracks.
Just last month a ransomware virus affected more than 200,00 people in 180 countries. It crippled Microsoft Corp's Windows programs and made several NHS hospitals and GP practices come to a screeching halt. The threat is real, and it's becoming increasingly prevalent in the business world.
Hopefully, you've taken proper cyber security measures to protect your business. If you have yet to do so, we've got the information you need.
Here are seven simple cyber security measures you can take to help protect your business:
1. Education in Cyber Security Measures
Technology changes and develops so quickly these days that it can be hard to keep up. However, keep up you must. Your employees and business personnel will need continued training and education on the latest software and management techniques in cyber security.
Your team has to know how to handle a security breach at any given moment. Untrained employees who don't know how to handle a breach can further incriminate your company without even knowing they are doing so.
With some tech-savvy know how your employees can eliminate future and current cyber risks by knowing when to bring in their devices or not. Sometimes even a smartphone is a big security risk during a cyber attack.
Small measures taken to educate your team will greatly reduce the disasters in the aftermath. Cyber security measures like this one may require a little immediate investment, but it will be worth it in the long run.
2. Protect Your Data
If your software is outdated, you might have a problem on your hands. Hackers can exploit and force back door entries to many systems, but especially outdated ones. Yes, there will be work involved in updating your systems on a regular basis.
However, when it comes to having a major security breach and private data flying around, or investing some time and money to keep your systems safe- what would you choose? If you update your software the risk of a security attack can be kept at a minimum.
You should also backup your data. If you can't recover data that gets lost the damage can be irreparable. Make sure this is part of your cyber security measures check list.
3. Password Problems
Passwords matter. Sure, it can be annoying when system codes ask you to make your password much more complicated, but that's only because it can keep your system safer.
Keep your passwords fresh and new on a regular basis. Do not repeat passwords. Password hygiene is important. Your passwords need to be complex and difficult to create or guess. Make sure all of your employees do this.
4. Cloud Nine
Clouds are an incredible way to access your data, files, and anything else your business might require for instantaneous access and downloads. However, clouds can sometimes create a problem when hacked.
Make sure you are using a reputable cloud service. Use a cloud service that is absolutely secure and equipped with cyber security measures that can handle large security issues. If your business is a little tight on training or funds for security measures, having a self-sufficient cloud is helpful.
5. Buff It Up
Your business probably has several clouds, blogs, and social media accounts. You may need an extra buffer between you and the hackers. Consider two-factor authentication.
Two-factor will require your employees to have multiple passwords to log on. They will need another component, like a specific smartphone. Google offers these measures, as do many other companies.
The more difficult you can make it for hackers to attack you, the better your cyber security measures will be. The more walls, buffers, and passwords they'll have to break down the better off your business and your private data will be.
6. Make a Tight Team
Employees are responsible for 60% of all cyber security attacks.
Your employees can be your best tool when it comes to cyber security measures or your worst enemy. When you consider hiring a person, consider their professionalism, personality, and talents.
Just because someone with a great resume comes in for the interview, that doesn't necessarily mean they will be a great addition to your team.
Performing thorough background checks for businesses that deal with information is important. Insiders often play a role in the vulnerability of any type or size of a corporation.
It might be hard to envision a potential new employee with a great resume as a future threat to your business, but be wary. Between malicious intent and inadvertent actors, security breaches are alive and well within businesses who suffer from cyber attacks and never saw them coming.
7. Secure Your Laptops
Because they are portable, laptops can lie at a higher risk of being lost and stolen. Making sure your laptops with sensitive data are protected is high on the list of important cyber security measures.
Encrypt your laptop. It's a fairly easy thing to do and can change the way information looks on your hard drive. Without the correct password, the information can not be read. Never leave your laptop in your car either, it's a major target for thieves. If need be, lock the laptop in your trunk or keep it near you in a briefcase at all times.
If need be, lock the laptop in your trunk or keep it near you in a briefcase at all times. Multiple access walls for your lap top are a good idea as well.
Keep It Safe
Protect your business by regularly updating your software and assembling a trustworthy team. Train your employees by creating difficult situations for hackers and you can save your business and private data.
Back up your data and take precautions when storing private data offline. You'll be grateful you have it if something happens to your information online or in the cloud
If your business is ready for optimal IT support and secure cyber systems, contact us today!