How safe is your data?

It seems that every week or so the media report about cyber attacks, breaches of data security or private photos of celebrities finding there way onto the Internet.

As a small business owner it’s easy to adopt the thinking that this only happens to large companies not small businesses like mine – we’re not worth attacking, but you’re wrong. All business have data either online or on computers (desktop or mobiles) that could be venerable to attack and smaller companies are less likely to have the resources to invest in the people or sophisticated systems to prevent attacks.

How would you business operate if your system and data were held to ransom until you paid up? Ask yourself;

Are we prepared for a cyber attack?

Does your team know how to identify a suspect email or link?

Do you use Security Software?

How secure are your passwords?

What type of information do you keep?

Business owners need to invest in securing their data and educate their staff to ensure they remain as secure as possible but also comply with new European General Data Protection Regulations which were designed to protect customer data.

Human error is also something that needs to take into account, if your team cannot identify a suspicious email or link they could easily unwittingly introduce a virus into the system. Logging remotely to your system, on a laptop or mobile but failing to log out is another example of lapses of security that can be detrimental to a business if they fall into the wrong hands.

There are some simple steps that you can use to take steps to improve your cyber defences:

  1. Make sure everyone has strong passwords – it sounds obvious but ensuring your passwords are unique, strong passwords is something everyone can do
  2. Keep your operating system up to date – this will help keep your computer free from viruses and security threats
  3. Use security software – to protect your devices from viruses
  4. Educate your staff –if your team cannot identify a suspicious email or link they could easily unwittingly introduce a virus into the system
  5. Create a Security Strategy – put contingency plans in place to minimize the negative impact a security breach will have on your business

We understand that the thought of a cyber attack is scary but lucky the government has put together Cyber Essentials, a new Government-backed and industry supported scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats which includes a brief questionnaire to access how cyber secure your business is.

Our IT and Telecom solutions allow teams to work and access data remotely but securely. Similarly our Cloud based solutions have robust security measures in place. If you would like to find out how secure your IT system is please get in touch and a member of our team will be happy to review how secure your system is and suggest any improvements that could be made.

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