Cyber Security is BIG news, but many businesses are still unsure what it’s all about and the implications of a data-breach. If that’s you then don’t bury your head in the sand. Just ask yourself “Would my business survive a data breach? Would my business survive a data breach fine”? Probably not, and if it did how would it affect your long-term reputation?
In 2016 Yahoo uncovered one of the largest data breaches in history – to date! According to IdentityForce.com, Yahoo discovered a breach from 2013 that may have put as many as one billion Yahoo accounts at risk.
With such big-league companies falling victim to cyber security attacks, it may seem daunting as to how you start to implement your own security. Security software is evolving all the time, and responds rapidly to the new ways that hackers find to infiltrate these systems. To the hackers, it’s almost a game of chess – tactical and strategic. So, we’ve provided the following tips which focus on ‘planning ahead’. They’re a great starting point for you and your business – start building up your defence now!
Computers hold some of your company’s most confidential and essential data. Make sure you’re taking the proper steps to safeguard your cyber information with these suggestions.
First of all, you need to ensure you have security software installed.
Anti-Virus Software – Always purchase a reputable brand. At CT we use ESET because of the benefits and high success rate. Free versions don’t tend to be supported in the same way, or react to new viruses that are emerging almost daily. We can provide anti-virus from as little at £30 + VAT per year!
Anti-Spam Software – This helps prevent Phishing, which refers to the way hackers ‘fish’ for private information (bank log-in, company data, etc.). Hackers try to steal confidential information by disguising themselves as a typical spam email, or even a trustworthy website. Anti-spam software will help narrow down these phishing attempts, as well as identify and block other types of spam.
Just as security software protects data on your computer, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) protects your data online. VPN’s are popular with corporations for many reasons. One of the biggest benefits of using VPN’s is that users have the ability to securely access a private network while in public settings. For example, when you connect to your company’s VPN, you appear to others as being in a different state or country than you truly are. This is a huge benefit for anyone who needs to access data remotely in a safe way.
Another perk of VPN’s is that everything within the network is encrypted. In short, even if a hacker tried to obtain some of the data within the VPN, none of it would be accessible due to the unique connections and fundamentals of the VPN. These are just a couple of the many benefits of securing your network.
If your data is stolen or lost, you should always prepare yourself with a backup copy of important files. Consider purchasing an external hard drive to hold essential files. To further secure your backed-up data, be sure to store the external hard drive in a disclosed location. Keep this location for your knowledge only, or consider trusting another individual with the location as well. It’s important to note that this strategy is only secure if the data’s location is protected, too.
Whilst external back-up is important you need to check that the external hard-drive is working. Cloud storage is the storage of data online in the cloud (a physical storage of information across multiple servers / locations) and is owned and managed by a hosting company. Your data is stored in a way that makes it accessible from multiple devices over a network, typically the internet. Check out our cloud solutions at:-
Investing in cyber insurance is a trend that is gaining popularity with the ever-growing world of technology. Though underwriting for cyber risks is still not entirely concrete due to the newness of the concept, acquiring insurance can’t hurt the security of your business. You should come up with a list of expenses you would want to be covered by insurance in the event of a cyber-attack. Then, you can research different options and providers to find a plan that is the most suitable. Though cyber insurance generally only covers first-party losses and third-party claims, having an insurance plan in place can majorly offset any future costs due to a cyber security breach.
If you would like assistance on how to secure your business in the best ways possible, contact the team at CT Business Solutions on 0161 798 4336, or via email at email@example.com. Our knowledgeable staff is equipped to assess your company and help find solutions to keep your business safe. Learn more about our data and network security services here.
Eric Arnott, Director