With the workplace landscape seemingly becoming more and more digitised the need for cybersecurity measures is bigger now more than ever.
There are a number of simple steps you can take that can improve the security of your server and applications which in turn should help to reduce the likelihood of a successful cyber attack.
Installing antivirus software and keeping this updated on all devices in the workplace is one of the best and simplest ways to ensure there is a base layer of protection on all your systems.
There are many different ways to back up your data, some of the most common being an external/removable hard drive or utilising cloud storage. This will enable you to recover any data that has been lost or encrypted.
There are a couple of things to bear in mind with the different types of backups:
External/removable hard drives – Always ensure to disconnect this from your device when not in use as attackers may be able to access your backup if still connected.
Cloud Storage – regularly checking and updating your backups on cloud storage is a good idea. This ensures that in the event of data loss the backup is ready to go and is the most up to date version.
2-factor Authentication (2FA)
We recommend implementing 2-factor authentication in all business accounts/platforms as it provides an extra layer of security so that even if your account details are compromised the attacker can still not gain access without the additional authentication.
Having a procedure for staff to follow in the event of an unfortunate cybersecurity attack will help you to minimise the impact of the attack. A good action plan should be regularly updated and ideally rehearsed at least on an annual basis. The plan would cover such things as: immediate remedial actions (for example, failover systems), internal communications, customer communications and individual staff responsibilities.
Device Update Policy
Keeping all your devices up-to-date with the latest security patches and software updates should always be a priority. If your operating system and applications are not up-to-date this can leave them with vulnerabilities.
As a side note, this doesn’t just include laptops and PCs and servers – any device that has a connection to your networks such as a smart TV or tablet should be kept up-to-date with the latest software to avoid any weak spots.
In most cases, a lack of knowledge and awareness of cybersecurity can be your biggest weakness. By providing basic cybersecurity training, staff will be able to spot any potential threats before they become a real risk which should reduce the likelihood of a successful attack.
It is very difficult to 100% secure your systems against all cybersecurity attacks. However, with some basic security measures in place to combat this, you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
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