In this article, we’ll show you how to keep your business safe from cyber-threats, and what we can do to prevent problems before they happen.
Every employee shares one inescapable flaw that is putting your business at risk.
59% of data breaches are due to something your employee did or didn’t do. This invites a cyber-attack.
To lock hackers out, build security awareness and respect into your company, so that maintaining digital security becomes as routine as making coffee.
6 Quick Security Tips To Keep Your Business Safe
- Use complex passwords: Every employee, including management, needs to use an alphanumeric password that they haven’t used before. Password managers can assist with making sure they’re never forgotten.
- Verify unknown identities: Not familiar with ‘Jenny from Accounting’ who has called to ask for information? Double check caller identity and access permissions before releasing any information. Hackers love to play on our desire to be helpful.
- Encrypt by default: People regularly transfer data to a laptop or smartphone so they can work more efficiently. Set operating systems to encrypt data by default, so that it becomes useless in the wrong hands.
- Protect portable devices: Your Laptops and your mobile phones should always require a password. Never leave them unattended in cars, buses, restrooms etc, and take them as carry-on luggage.
- Set personal usage rules: While you may have blocked productivity-vacuums such as Facebook, what are the rules regarding games, video streaming or shopping? Can they install their own software?
- Educate often: Digital security threats change regularly, and people become comfortable with a certain level of danger, thinking ‘it will never happen to me’. A 5-minute discussion once a month may be the barrier that keeps hackers out.
- Links in emails – Hackers often send emails that look like they are from your bank or similar. Be sure to check the link by hovering over it with your mouse. This is known as ‘phishing’.
- Tech scam popups. –Be on the lookout for popups saying your computer is infected. You need to call their phone number or download software onto your device.
- Email attachments – Never open an unknown attachment, and even from people you know and trust, always scan for malware before opening.
If you need help implementing better security practices in your business, give us a call at 0137532874.