Cyber-attacks are at large, are happening right now and crippling a number of businesses around the world. Attacks make computers inoperable and stop business growth dead in its tracks.
In August, ransomware affected 200,000 people in 180 countries, which crippled Microsoft Corp’s Windows programs and made several NHS hospitals and GP’s come to a halt. The threat is terrifyingly real, and is increasingly prevalent in the business world. Here are seven simple cybersecurity measures you can take to help reduce this risk.
- Educate yourself in cybersecurity measures
Technology is always changing at a rapid pace, so much so that it can be quite difficult to keep up, however it’s a must. Your employees and business personnel need constant training and education on the newest software and management techniques in cybersecurity.
You need to make sure that your team knows how to handle a security breach that could occur at any given moment. Employees who are untrained and don’t know how to handle a breach could potentially further incriminate your company without knowing.
Having tech-savvy employees can eliminate current and possible future cyber risks by knowing when to bring in their devices or not. Sometimes even a smartphone can be at risk from a cyber-attack.
By taking even the smallest measures, you can educate your team greatly and reduce the chance of disaster in the wake of an attack. Though it may require some immediate investment, in the long run its completely worth it.
- Protect your data
If you have outdated software, then you may have a problem on your hands. Hackers can exploit and force their way into many back-door entries to many systems, especially outdated ones. Though it may take some time to update your current software, the positive outweigh the negatives.
You should also ensure that your data is backed up. If you’re unable to recover data that gets damaged or lost due to a cyber-attack, its irreparable.
- Password problems
Passwords matter a lot more than people think. Sure, it can be annoying that a system keeps asking for your password to be stronger, but that’s only because it want to keep your information safe.
Reset your passwords on a regular basis. Do not repeat passwords. Your passwords need to be complex and difficult to guess. You need to ensure that all your employees do this as one simple password can be a way in for anyone.
- Cloud nine
Clouds are great for businesses, they allow you to access your data from pretty much anywhere you need them. However, clouds can be a problem when they’re hacked.
Make sure that you use a reputable cloud service or use an IT service that ensures that all of your data is absolutely secure and can handle any security issues.
- Buff it up
Your business could use several clouds, blogs and social media accounts. You may want to consider having an extra buffer between you and the hackers. You should consider the two-factor authentication.
Two-factor will require your employees to have multiple passwords to log on. They will need another component, like a passcode that is only sent to their smartphone.
The more difficult it is for hackers to attack you; the better your cyber security measures are. The more walls, buffers and passwords they have to break down, the better your business will be at ensuring your private data is safe.
- Create a tight team
Employees are responsible for 60% of cyber-attacks.
Your employees can be both you best asset or worse enemy when it comes to cybersecurity measures. When hiring employees, consider their professionalism, personality and talent.
Just because someone looks great on paper, doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be a good addition to your team.
Performing thorough background checks for your businesses is important, as insiders can often play a role in the vulnerability of any type or size of a cooperation.
- Secure your laptops
Because they’re portable, laptops can be a high-risk way of accessing your businesses’ information, as they can be stolen or lost relatively easily. You need to ensure that laptops that have sensitive data are protected by placing it as a high priority when it comes to cybersecurity measures.
You could encrypt your laptop which is a fairly easy thing to do. Without the correct password, the information cannot be read. Ensure that your laptop is stored securely and not presented to potential thieves.