In addition to the various cyber security tools on the market there are also a number of cyber security practices that should be followed within your organisation. We’ve listed the top 3.
1. Implement a strict password strategy
We all have numerous passwords for online accounts. Maybe you have one or two for your banking. Perhaps a few more for streaming services (Netflix, Sky Go etc) You’ll probably have others for social networks too (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp to name just a few).
It can be tricky keeping track of all of these and it’s why so many of us use the same single password for every account — and that’s when things can become dangerous! If a hacker can crack one of these “master passwords” they’ll have access to everything from your business profile to your social media and email contacts!
You simply can’t afford to make this mistake when it comes to your business’ security. Make sure your team members understand just how important unique passwords are for the tools they use on a daily basis. They should create passwords including a mix of lowercase and uppercase characters, numbers and symbols. An oversight in these policies and practices can now levy serious fines due to GDPR let alone loss of reputation!
You may feel this takes more time and can is a hassle, but it’s well worth it for added peace of mind and security. Make sure to change passwords once or twice a month, if not more often!
2. Invest in expert training
Consider bringing a cyber security expert into your business – they are the experts you need to help run regular security training for your employees and this is one of the most effective steps you can take to minimise the risk of exposing precious company data to criminals. Hacking trends are leaning towards manipulation of the “flawed human element” in your IT systems creating counterfeit webpages asking for login details and such. Any links clicked can result in Malware infecting your network!
This effective approach can make a huge difference and empower workers with the confidence to remain vigilant at all times. If every member of the team knows how to identify a potential threat and take action to avoid it, your business will be much safer against cyber-attacks.
3. Be careful with authorisations
Sadly, cyber-attacks may not originate from outside your business — they could be the work of an employee.
This may be an individual with a grudge or simply someone who’s incompetent. Whatever the reason, internal threats can be prevented by reviewing your authorisation strategy.
Take care to only grant your most trustworthy, reliable employees access to sensitive data. Monitor your team’s activities and update your cybersecurity measures on a regular basis.
Every small business must take cyber-attacks seriously. Never assume you’re not at risk just because there are so many bigger targets to aim for — this complacency and lack of preparation could be a hacker’s way in. Remember there is a 50% chance your business will be hit!
If you would like to know more about cyber security practices and how to protect your business, please get in touch.