Cyberattacks, security breaches! Take these steps to protect your business today!
Just because you’re a small to medium sized business, it doesn’t mean that you’re not at risk. The threat of a cyber-attack is real. In fact, you are just susceptible as large corporate businesses.
So, here are a few top tips to stay safe, sure and secure:
Back it up or lose it all.
Backing up data is one of the best defence methods. You could lose it all if hackers use ransomware. But not only that you could lose more cash too. Hackers could prevent you from accessing your data by encrypting it, and then asking for payment to decrypt it.
By regularly backing up data you can restore the last back-up. Which means you’ll be up and running without having to cough up the cash to the hackers.
Security Updates, Patches and Anti-virus
Always make sure your operating software is up to date, as part of your overall network security, alongside a robust firewall and anti-virus, spyware and malware protection. And don’t forget that out of date software puts your business at a greater risk of cyber-attack.
Using Microsoft products means there are regular security updates and essentially your business is safer.
One of the most common types of security breaches is staff opening hoax emails. Emails have many traits that can be exploited by fraudsters. By making your staff aware of them you can lower the risk of a breach.
Two Step Authentication:
Two factor or multi-way authentications usually requires the confirmation of the ‘Username and password’ and with additional information. Popular additional authentications include: confirming an authorisation code sent to the account holder via email or text, or to answer a question chosen by the account holder. Other methods include fingerprint and facial recognition. Set these up and you’re one step ahead of any hacker.
Set Permissions and limit Access
Consider what access or information each of your employee’s need for their role and give them the relevant permissions. First, restrict employee permissions and secondly limit access. This will help to protect your business against unauthorised access to company devices, accounts and data, and ultimately a security breach.