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Cyber Security: Protecting your Business

Posted on 12th November 2018

We have some very exciting news to share, last month we started our very own YouTube channel. The weekly videos will be dedicated to Tips, reviews and tutorials about the wonderful world of IT. The videos are based on what our customers would like to know and how we can help make their  businesses stronger. Our first video is, you guessed it, Cyber security. We just can't get enough of it! We discuss 13 practical tips to help protect your business against Cyber Attack. So let's dive in.

1.     Antivirus 

First things first, you need desktop and server Anti-Virus. It needs to be installed on absolutely everything and has to be properly licensed. Some Anti-Virus can only be licensed for personal use not for commercial use.

2.     Email Security                                                                                 

This is your protection that stops dodgy emails coming into your email system, before they get to your email inbox. This will save you endless time on having to sort through emails and picking out the dodgy ones yourself. 

3.     Web Security 

Software is put in place to stop you accidentally clicking on dodgy links. Web and email security go hand in hand to stop dodgy content coming through. 

4.     Complex Passwords 

Make sure you have a complex password. For instance, don’t go for obvious passwords like “password” or “MyDogsName123”. An example  of a complex password is “At56Hetb!”. The more complex the password is, the harder it will be for people to access your accounts. 

5.     Two-Factor Authentication 

Leading on from complex passwords, is Two-factor authentication. This could be a random code that is a text to your phone, or a code that is given to you when you fire up a mobile app. This code will change every time you log in.

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6.     Physical Security 

Think about where your servers are located in your offices. Don’t leave your laptop right next to a window or an open door. Make sure they are out of sight and in a safe when left unattended. 

7.     Your Permission 

Every company has confidential files that they want to keep private, from HR files to finance files. You need to make sure that the people who you want to have access to these files, are the only people who can access them. 

8.     Centralising your Data 

Services like Microsoft remote desktop and Citrix will both centralise your data. They insure that none of your data leaves the office and stays in your server. So, if anyone was to leave work with their Laptop and lose it, all the data will still be stored on the server with nothing stored locally on that laptop.

9.     Encrypting your Data 

Encrypting data will ensure that all of your data will be safe. There is no need to worry if someone unauthorised gets hold of your machine as all your data will be secured.

10.     Updates 

Software like Microsoft updates, Windows updates and Adobe updates need to be updated regularly. However, don't update straight away, wait a few days or more. This allows any issues the new update may have to be sorted out and fixed.

11.     Training your Staff 

Every single one of these steps can be put in place, but you could still catch a virus or ransomware, which could run through your network and wipe out your entire company. Training your staff will decrease the risk of such things from  happening, as they will know how to spot the dangers before they cause the company any damage.

12.     Backups 

Back ups need to happen on a regular basis to allow you restore your data from any point in time, whether that will be from yesterdays back up or from last weeks back up. For a good Back up process, I would suggest regularly backing up your data at several points throughout the year. This will make it a much faster process when restoring your data.

13.     Ongoing Advice 

Lastly, you can have everything in place, but next week something new could come out, something we haven't discussed in this blog, a new hack or some new form of software. You need someone who can give you ongoing advice and recommend ways to help protect your business.

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