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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 road which are necessarily violent and intimate, but they can cause actual harm and financial losses in the actual world in the exact same way that an uncaring bank robber can at a blood-thirsty heist. Here are a few ways to Be Certain Your business does not fall easy prey to hackers and cyber criminals:

Research

This may seem trivial, but only reading the news and remaining abreast with technological advances can allow you to secure your business from criminals. If nothing else, then you’ll be immediately alerted to any new cyber threats which are coming along.

Protect and Defend

Make sure that your office network and computers all have firewalls and anti-virus applications installed and activated. Update the software regularly and program checks to operate on a standard basis. And make certain that colleagues cannot disable these programmes, as sometimes occurs when updates or scans lead to computers running slower than may be desired.

Pick Strong Passwords

Industry standards recommend that passwords be changed regularly, every ninety days or so. The best passwords contain alphanumeric sequences that cannot be guessed by somebody familiar with customers’ personal information and prevent using sentimental words which identity thieves might have the ability to deduce.

Maintain Physical Devices Safe

A high percentage of cyber theft is made possible or affected by the loss or theft of devices containing significant data. All businesses should have strict security 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 of such devices ought to be password enabled, so that even if they’re lost or stolen, the information included is safer than it could be without such protection. Mobile telephones should have passwords, and as soon as the loss is detected, a remote wipe should be conducted to ensure that any data 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.

 

Every knows that routine backups are a good idea, and should be standard practise, but a great deal of companies just do not bother to run backups often enough, or perhaps at all, leaving the organization in something of a catastrophe should something occur that demands using these backups to retrieve data that is crucial. For instance, if a remote wipe needs to be triggered, the replacement device will be up and running in no time if there is an up-to-date backup waiting to be uploaded, whereas having to enter all the information manually could take several hours of painstaking work — or perhaps, be impossible at all…

 

These measures will help a company avoid a cyberattack, and enable them to recover quickly in case of a hack where information is lost or blocked, as in the recent NHS attack. And these days, that’s most people.

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