How to stay safe from Cyber Crime as a modern business owner
Cybercrimes seem to be distant threats, far removed from crimes like muggings on the street that are necessarily violent and intimate, but they can cause actual harm and financial losses in the real world in the same way that an uncaring bank robber can in a blood-thirsty heist. Here are a Couple of ways to Be Certain Your company does not fall easy prey to hackers and cyber criminals:
This might appear trivial, but only reading the news and remaining abreast with technological improvements can allow you to protect your company from criminals. If nothing else, you will be immediately alerted to some new cyber threats which are coming along.
Protect and Defend
Be certain your office computers and network all have firewalls and anti virus software installed and activated. Update the software frequently and schedule checks to run on a standard basis. And be certain that colleagues cannot disable those programs, as occasionally occurs when updates or scans result in computers running slower than may be desired.
Pick Good Passwords
The best passwords contain Query sequences that can’t be guessed by somebody familiar with customers’ private information and avoid using sentimental words that identity thieves might be able to deduce.
Keep Physical Devices Safe
All companies should have strict security protocols about the use and safeguarding of portal or mobile devices. Notebook locks should be used, external hard drives and flash drives should be kept in locked briefcases, and all such devices ought to be password empowered, so that even if they’re lost or stolen, the information contained is safer than it would be without such protection. Mobile telephones should have passwords, and as soon as the loss is discovered, a distant wipe should be conducted to make certain that any information doesn’t 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 often enough, or even at all, leaving the company in something of a crisis should something happen that demands the use of those copies to retrieve vital data. For instance, if a remote wipe has 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 input all the information manually could take many hours of painstaking work — or possibly, be impossible at all…
These measures will enable a company avoid a cyberattack, and permit them to recover quickly in the event of a hack where information is lost or obstructed, as in the recent NHS attack. Basic cyber protection is as much common sense as it is to prevent damaging areas after dark: it needs to be second nature to anyone who relies on a computer for their business. And nowadays, that is most of us.