Top tips for Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is the practice of shielding computer systems, networks, and programs from malicious attacks. These attacks could irreparably damage your business and now that almost every business operates online in one way or another, there’s no escaping from it. So, security needs to be your top priority. Many cyberattacks are usually intended to access, change, or destroy sensitive information; exploiting money from every day users; or disturbing regular business processes.
Implementing effective cybersecurity is proving more challenging today because there are more devices than people, and attackers are becoming more and more innovative.

Top Tips for Staying Safe:

  1. Small businesses are the number one target.
    Many people think it is only large businesses which are affected but this is not the case.
  2. 8 Characters Not Enough, Use 2 factor Authentication.
    Make password management a priority! Use long passwords, enable 2 factor authentication, mixture of characters, never use the same password and update your password periodically.
  3. Stay Backed Up
    Redundancy is key, having backups will give you more chance of recovering from a cyberattack. This being that your backups haven’t been infected. Two locations for best practice, onsite and offsite. This includes backup of cloud services, many of which are not normally backed up.
  4. Having the Technology
    The internet is a big place, so why not have more control on what leaves and enters your network. Firewalls allow you to do so, monitoring and scanning all traffic, along with setting specific rules to lock it down. Firewalls establish a barrier between secured and controlled internal networks that can be trusted and untrusted outside networks, such as the Internet. 
    You wouldn’t leave your doors unlocked, so don’t leave your computer unprotected! Make sure you have an Antivirus installed on all devices. If anything manages to make it through the firewall, this is a second defence or a first, if the users are clicking on things they shouldn’t and connecting portable devices.
  5. Think Twice
    If a cyberattack is successful to make it through your network, 9 times out 10 it still must be activated by clicking on it. This is down to the end user, so, educating your staff to be vigilant when surfing the web and opening files will be the best line of defence. Consider utilising the KnowBe4 training programme to educate users on how to avoid current threats.

All organisations need to understand the threat environment and the risks they face. Not understanding these can result catastrophic repercussions, the most damaging being reputation.

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