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June 6, 2017 | Author: meineron

11 ways to give your business Cyber security

Is your business safe from cyber attack? The consequences of data breaches for small businesses are greater than ever. Not only is data itself valuable, data protection law means tough penalties if it is stolen.

Many companies believe they are too small to be targeted by cyber criminals. The reality is that SMEs are now the top target – according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), smaller firms in the UK are targeted seven million times a year.

There are two main types of cyber threat:

File-based attacks involve malicious code, hidden within innocent looking files and often launched via email messages. Code can corrupt your data, bring your computers to a halt, demand money to release your information – or even sit in the background, stealing valuable data.

Social engineering involves tricking your staff to become unwitting accomplices. Cyber criminals typically find employee information and use this to pose as a trusted contact and gain access to your system.

What you can do

1.Use Security Software.

Cyber criminals constantly develop new ways to attack your computer, so your security software must be up-to-date to protect against the latest threats. Most security software can update automatically; set yours to do so.

2.Train employees in security.

Establish basic security practices and policies for employees, including how to handle and protect customer information and other vital data.

3.Provide a firewall security

A firewall is a set of related programs that prevent outsiders from accessing data on a private network. Make sure yours is enabled.

4.Back Up Your Files.

No system is completely secure. Copy important files onto a removable disc or the cloud. If your computer is compromised, you’ll still have access to your files.

5.Treat data like cash.

Your customers’ personal data is as a valuable as cash – it can be used to steal money from them and from you – and you could face a large fine if you don’t keep it secure.

6.Create a mobile device action plan.

Mobile devices can hold confidential information or access the corporate network. Ensure users have passwords on their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps to prevent criminals from stealing information and set reporting procedures for lost or stolen equipment.

7.Control physical access to your computers.

Laptops can be particularly easy targets for theft or can be lost, so lock them up when unattended. Make sure a separate user account is created for each employee and require strong passwords.

8.Secure your Wi-Fi networks.

Make sure your Wi-Fi network for your workplace is secured with a password, encrypted, and hidden – don’t broadcast the network name, known as the Service Set Identifier (SSID).

9.Employ best practices on payment cards.

Isolate payment systems from other, less secure programs and don’t use the same computer to process payments and surf the Internet.

10.Limit employee access.

Employees should only be given access to the data systems that they need for their jobs, and not be able to install any software.

11.Use passwords and authentication.

Ensure employees use passwords and change them every three months.

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