Local gyms are filling with people working on their New Year’s resolutions – but what about making a resolution to work on your business’s security fitness? Let’s find out…
- Why you cannot neglect cyber hygiene – and what you need to do as a foundation
- What policies you should have in place that make a real difference to security (these can easily trip you up)
- How you can help to prevent a cyber incident by implementing preventative security solutions
Why you cannot neglect cyber-hygiene; and what to do as a foundation
Cyber-hygiene is ensuring that you have the basics covered – cyber-criminals prey on businesses that don’t have the simple stuff in hand. Leaving default router ports open, unpatched systems or not using MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) where possible is exactly what they hope to find. Negligent businesses make perfect targets.
Our advice: get Cyber Essentials certified. This covers 5 key areas including firewalls, secure configuration, user access control, patch management and malware protection. As Approved Cyber Essential Practitioners, we can help get you certified.
Policies you should have in place that make a real difference to security (these can easily trip you up)
Internal policies such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and password policies are key to limiting the loopholes whereby employees can jeopardise your business network security. Simply telling employees to be cautious can get lost amongst the list of other duties they have to undertake.
A member of staff setting up a free Dropbox account to access company data from a home PC is well-meaning and just wanting to be a good employee; but this creates a potential data loss situation for your business.
Having policies in place helps to build a security culture within your business, and shows staff you are taking this seriously.
Prevent cyber incidents by implementing preventative security solutions
The key to securing your business against online attacks is being preventative and proactive. There aren’t any second chances with cyber attacks; once your network is infiltrated you can only pray for minimal damage. Do you trust your sensitive data is safe in the hands of a criminal?
The road to recovery is often challenging and costly. Proactive monitoring solutions such as Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) can detect any unwanted traffic on your network. This instant detection allows threats to be dealt with before they can cause you a problem. Without IDS, it can take up to 6 months to discover that you have been compromised.
It’s no surprise 60% of businesses go out of business within 6 months of a cyber attack.
Make Your Resolution a Reality
Unlike a tough gym session, you can secure your business network without doing any of the heavy lifting. At m3 Networks, our turnkey CYBERCARE packages are designed to help protect small and medium businesses, just like yours, from cyber attacks.
Call us today on 01738237003 and speak with one of our experts and find out how we can help you.
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