When you’ve worked hard to create a business, the last thing you need is to place it at risk, exposing your networks to a cyber attack. That might mean an attack on your network or your individual software, resulting in time wasted, data lost and ultimately the loss of business.

In this blog, we look at some cyber essentials that you can put into action to keep your business safe and avoid losing time and information to attackers.

Get staff trained

Your IT systems are only as safe as your least trained member of staff. All the certification in the world, can’t replace staff who are able to spot and quickly deal with issues. Vigilance is key. Go above and beyond the basics with cyber essentials plus and consider training courses in the essentials plus certification for extra security.

Have your key workers fully trained up in GDPR, cybersecurity and what a network attack might look like. Make sure they know what immediate steps to take in the event of a cyber attack.

Keep software up to date

It’s easy to forget but keeping your software up to date and protected is one of the key ways to keep your networks safe. This is particularly relevant if you rely on online upgrades to keep your operating systems safe. If you’re not sure if your current systems are up to scratch, then the CyberSmart desktop and mobile app can let you know.

Invest

If you are unsure about the best way to keep your tech safe, then consider getting outside help. An investment now into the safety of your business, will more than pay for itself and go a long way in future-proofing your business.

Look to the future

Finally, make sure to plan ahead and remain compliant with all relevant guidelines. If you do find yourself dealing with a threat to your network, plan how you are going to deal with it. You’ll need to have a logical process in place, a step-by-step system. Make sure everyone on your team knows how to shut down their computers safely and how to remove the infected machine from the network straight away. Make sure everyone knows how to run diagnostics on their own machines and how to respond accordingly. Whether you deal with it in-house or through an outside IT company, plan to get your infected hard drives taken away. Have processes in place to fix the problem but just as importantly carry on business without letting an attack slow you down.

When you run a business, its safety is in your hands. Guard against cyber-attacks and stay safe.

Sam

Sam