This month its ‘Cyber Security Awareness Month’, this is even more reason to promote not only how we can help you as a business but also how we can stay cyber safe!
The City of London Police, the national lead force for fraud which runs Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, has revealed that cyber-crime victims lost £28 million between October 2017 and March 2018
-Action fraud released in an article revealing statistics
Stay tuned to see the top tips we have for your business to make sure you’re taking the right steps to keep your business cyber safe…
1. Stay alert!
It is important to stay alert and know how your business could be affected by a cyber-attack. There are several attack methods such as; unauthorised access to company computers or mobile devices, an attack on a company’s IT system or their personal website, and even gaining information from staff. This could lead to the outcome of loss of company information, disruption of normal business operations which could result in loss of revenue. It is important as a business you know how to deal with suspected infections, stay alert and how to report them if they do happen.
2. Planning ahead
Planning is crucial, especially for smaller businesses as it is important to have a security plan and prepare for any cyber- attack which may happen. This is also a good step in determining any threats or risks which can affect your business or establish if you need outside help. It is important to have an incident response plan in place in event of a cyber attack to ensure your organisation can deal with the event in a formalised manner and can get business operations back to normal as soon as possible!
3. Be aware of Physical risks!
It is important to also think about the physical threats as well as online. As a business it is important to ensure staff or a third party that has access to systems and IT equipment only have access to the minimum required. Ensure all visitors to your company have signed in and are not left unattended at any time, also be mindful that any confidential paper work will need to be kept in a safe place.
It is useful for your organisation to have a cyber risk management strategy to manage the online and physical risks which are posed. A risk assessment will focus on any risks which have not been addressed within the organisation, a treatment plan can then be produced to mitigate cyber risk overall and keep the level of risk to a minimum.
Using a password is the first line of defence against cyber criminals, but it is important to protect your device with a strong password as a weak password can be easier to hack and make you an easy target to a cyber-attack. Ensure that your password is at least 8 characters long, and that it is not easy to guess; such as a name or a date. It is also important that you use different passwords for different sites and change it regularly.
5. Beware of Phishing attempts
As well as the importance of having a strong password, it is important for you and your employees to recognise phishing attempts. Phishing is a fraudulent practice that hackers use to send fake emails from reputable companies asking for personal information or contain a link to download which will then deploy a virus to the software and reveal personal information. It is important to be able to spot a phishing attempt and never open the email unless they are a verified sender.
6. Updated operated systems
It is important to always keep your IT and mobile systems up to date, this could either be Windows or IOS. This is important as developers may notice faults in software or vulnerabilities and they will release a new version to fix the problem. If you update your software regularly this means that you will be protected from the vulnerabilities that could have arisen, it is important to not leave your software too long before you update it.
7. Training staff
If staff are not properly informed and educated about cyber security, they may not understand how to use the internet and the company’s data in a safe way. Therefore, it is appropriate to regularly train staff and new staff about the seriousness of cyber security such as; keeping data safe, social media account security, strong passwords and being aware of online and physical data breaches.
It is important to backup all your company’s data in case of a cyber-attack, although this will not prevent an attack from happening, it will enable you to restore your data and have your business up and running again without any lost information.
9. Social networking
A lot of businesses use social networking sites for brand awareness and to connect to other businesses all over the world. It is important to use strong passwords for social media accounts and to change them regularly to reduce risk of a breach. Be careful not to over share information on your social media accounts such as company data and never stay logged in as you could be a target to a criminal!
We hope you found our top tips to keep your business cyber safe useful! If you are interested or need further advice on tightening cyber security within your organisation, please contact us today!