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How to stay safe from Cyber Crime as a modern business owner


Cybercrimes seem to be distant risks, far removed from crimes like muggings on the street which are necessarily violent and intimate, but they can cause real harm and financial losses in the actual world in the exact same manner that an uncaring bank robber can in a blood-thirsty heist. Here are a few ways to make sure Your business does not fall easy prey to hackers and cyber criminals:

Research

This might appear trivial, but only reading the information and remaining abreast with technological improvements can help you to protect your business from criminals. If nothing else, then you will be immediately alerted to any new cyber threats that are coming along.

Protect and Defend

Make sure that your office computers and network all have firewalls and anti virus applications installed and activated. Update the software regularly and schedule checks to run on a regular basis. And make sure that colleagues can’t disable these programs, as sometimes happens when upgrades or scans result in computers running slower than may be desired.

Pick Good Passwords

The best passwords contain alphanumeric sequences that cannot be guessed by somebody familiar with users’ private information and prevent using sentimental words that identity thieves may have the ability to deduce.

Keep Physical Devices Safe

All companies should have strict safety protocols regarding the use and safeguarding of mobile or portal devices. Laptop locks should be used, external hard drives and flash drives must be kept in locked briefcases, and all these devices should be password enabled, so that even if they’re lost or stolen, the data contained is safer than it could be without such security. Mobile telephones should have passwords, and as soon as the loss is discovered, a distant wipe should be performed to ensure that any information does not fall into the incorrect hands.

This is particularly important when it comes to the Internet of Things, I read a superb guide recently about how to keep your IoT devices safe from cyber attack.

Which Brings Us To Backups!

 

Every understands that routine backups are a good idea, and should be standard practise, but a great deal of companies simply don’t bother to conduct backups frequently enough, or even at all, leaving the organization in something of a crisis should something occur that needs using these backups to retrieve vital data. For example, if a remote wipe has to be triggered, the replacement device will be up and running in no time when there’s an up-to-date backup waiting to be uploaded, whereas having to enter all the information manually could take many hours of painstaking work — or perhaps, be impossible at all…

 

These steps will help a business avoid a cyberattack, and enable them to recover quickly in the event of a hack where data is lost or blocked, as in the current NHS attack. Standard cyber protection is as much common sense as it is to avoid damaging areas after dark: it needs to be second nature to anyone who depends upon a computer for their business. And nowadays, that is most people.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/12/hospitals-across-england-hit-by-large-scale-cyber-attack