Tackling cyber criminals may seem daunting to companies with limited resources and IT knowledge. The good news is that there are lots of basic things that you can do to tighten up digital perimeters without breaking the bank. They include:
- Regularly changing passwords – if someone acquires your password it will limit the amount of time they can cause damage. Also, don’t forget to make passwords harder to hack by avoiding dictionary words and including a mix of different types of characters.
- Keep anti-virus and firewall software up-to-date – with the rate at which new viruses, spyware and malware appear on the internet, it’s vital that your software can combat the latest threats.
- Auditing and monitoring business systems – to understand the vulnerabilities and potential risks. There are automatic tools available at low cost, a real help to SMEs SME companies that cannot afford specialist IT resources.
- Becoming accredited – many organisations are demanding this of their supply chain and it’s relatively quick and easy to do. Solutions include the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme which clearly lays out the basic steps for cyber protection.
- Train staff to be watchful for suspicious emails – they are not easy to spot, but simple things like spelling mistakes are a giveaway.
- Separate access to your various systems – the fact is, marketing departments with their use of social media are far more susceptible to hacking than say an accounts department using well protected software.
- Constantly monitor systems – to identify suspicious behaviour such as high network traffic or failed login attempts before the damage is done.
Protecting your business with cyber insurance
At MRIB we believe all businesses should consider taking out Cyber Insurance. Should the worst happen and your IT systems are breached, Cyber Insurance can provide you with specialist post-attack IT resources to help you get back on your feet. Cyber Insurance policies can also help re-establish your reputation through specialist crisis PR support.
If you want to find out more about the cyber threats faced by your business and how we could help then please contact us or call 01494 450011.
About the cyber security expert
||Peter Walker is the commercial director at Security Dialog Ltd (www.securitydialog.com) a service company dedicated to keeping you, your business, your stakeholders and your customers free from the devastating consequences of a cyber-attack. They provide a low cost, pay as you go monitoring service which seeks unusual behaviours and events on your system, and reports them instantly, and in some cases can provide instant remediation. To learn more, or for technical and training advice, please contact Peter Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org)