Cybersecurity is often seen as a daunting challenge for small business owners, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow the steps we’ve outlined below, you can significantly reduce the chances of your business falling prey to cybercrime.
Always backup your data
Your business will rely on the data you store about your customers, so imagine how difficult it would be if you could no longer access this information. To guarantee important data isn’t lost during a cyber-attack, you need to regularly back it up. This ensures it can be recovered quickly and you can’t be blackmailed by cybercriminals.
Protect your company from malware
Malware, also known as malicious software, can seriously harm your organisation – think back to the WannaCry attack affecting the NHS in May 2017. The most common form of malware is viruses, but there are a number of ways you can prevent it from damaging your business. These include:
- Installing anti-virus software
- Turning on firewalls
- Educating staff on downloading third-party apps from unknown sources
- Keeping all your IT equipment up-to-date
Keep mobile technology safe
Mobiles and tablets are now just as powerful as desktop computers, which means they are an essential part of modern business. To keep your mobile devices and the information stored on them safely, you need to:
- Keep devices and apps up-to-date
- Enable password protection
- Avoid connecting to public or unknown WiFi
- Make sure devices can be tracked if lost or stolen
We’ve mentioned this briefly already, but all your devices and accounts should be password protected so that the data stored on them is only available to you. However, there are a few things you need to bear in mind, including using two-factor authentication, never using predictable passwords, changing all default passwords, and providing staff with access to password managers to help them manage their accounts successfully.
Know how to identify phishing attack
Our final tip is to make sure all your staff know what phishing attacks are and how to identify them. A typical phishing attack involves scammers sending fake emails asking for sensitive information or encouraging people to click on links to bad websites. One of the best ways to reduce the impact of a successful attack is to ensure your employees have the lowest level of user rights required to perform their duties. This way, if they are the victim of a phishing attack, the potential damage to your business is reduced.
To find out more about how to improve cybersecurity within your organisation, check out the National Cyber Security Centre’s complete guide (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/small-business-guide). Alternatively, contact us at CyberSmart for more information on how to combat the threat of cyber-attacks and remain complaint with increasing regulations.