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


Cybercrimes appear to be distant risks, far removed from offenses like muggings on the road which are necessarily violent and intimate, but they can cause real harm and financial losses in the real world in precisely the exact same way that an uncaring bank robber can at a blood-thirsty heist. Listed below are a few ways to Be Certain that your company does not fall easy prey to hackers and cyber criminals:

Research

This might appear trivial, but simply reading the information and staying abreast with technological improvements can allow you to protect your business from offenders. If nothing else, then you will be quickly 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 applications installed and activated. Update the software regularly and schedule checks to run on a standard basis. And be sure that colleagues can’t disable these programmes, as sometimes occurs when upgrades or scans lead to computers running slower than may be desired.

Pick Good Passwords

Industry standards recommend that passwords be changed frequently, every ninety days approximately. The best passwords contain alphanumeric sequences that cannot be guessed by somebody familiar with users’ personal information and avoid using sentimental words that identity thieves may have the ability to deduce.

Maintain Physical Devices Safe

All companies should have strict security protocols about the use and safeguarding of portal or mobile devices. Notebook locks should be utilized, external hard drives and flash drives should be held in locked briefcases, and all of these apparatus should be password empowered, so that even if they are stolen or lost, the data included is safer than it could be without such protection. Mobile telephones should have passwords, and once the loss is detected, a remote wipe should be conducted to ensure that any data 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 knows that regular backups are a fantastic idea, and should be standard practise, but a great deal of companies simply don’t bother to conduct backups frequently enough, or perhaps at all, leaving the organization in something of a catastrophe should something occur that demands the use of those backups to retrieve vital data. By way of example, if a remote wipe has to be triggered, the replacement device will be up and running in no time when there is an up-to-date backup waiting to be uploaded, whereas having to input all the data manually could take several hours of painstaking work — or perhaps, not be possible at all…

 

These measures will help a business avoid a cyberattack, and enable them to recover quickly in the event of a hack where information is lost or obstructed, as in the recent NHS attack. And nowadays, that is most of us.

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