Protecting Your Company from Cyber Attacks

StrategyDriven Managing Your Business Risk Management Article |Cyber Attacks|Protecting Your Company from Cyber AttacksHow well are you protecting your company, client and staff data? Holding any kind of data will mean you need to be employing security measures to make sure all information you collate for whatever reason is secure.

Protecting your company from serious cyber threats is something you should be taking seriously within your business. How secure you need to be depends on the type of company you are running. Different sectors need different types of security measures to protect the company and also staff and customers details including personal information and banking details along with credit card numbers.

Use a Firewall

This should be something you use as standard. A firewall is your first one of defence against a security attack. And unfortunately, small businesses tend to be targeted more often than larger companies due to the level of security that is employed.

Consider an internal firewall along with an external one too for added protection against threats and potential hacks.

Educate Employees

Again, this is something most people are aware of. However, staff training on the use of technology and online habits and practises is never a waste of time. Especially as online security threats are changing and evolving all the time.

Draw up company guidelines for personal and work use and educate them on the many ways they could cause a breach in security unintentionally – such as opening links in unfamiliar emails. Make sure everyone understands and signs a document to agree to the security measures they have been trained on.

Limit Sensitive Information

Allowing certain employees access to sensitive information is another way you can reduce the risk of your staff creating a security breach. By giving different staff members limited access, the less the chance of that information getting into the wrong hands. And if it does, then you will know exactly who caused the breach and deal with it swiftly.

Regularly Back-Up Data

Making sure you have backups will help you get up and running again in the event of a security breach. Prevention is always the best option but you want to make sure that should the worst happen, you can still access everything you need to.

It is recommended that you back up to a cloud. The GCC High Cloud is now available for more companies to offer you another level of security.

Have your backups processed on a regular basis to ensure minimum disruption in the event of a security breach.

Install Anti Malware

A 2016 data breach investigation identified that 30% of employees opened phishing emails. You may presume that all employees know not to open phishing emails, some will still open them.

Phishing scams involve malware being placed on a computer when a link is clicked. installing anti-malware can help remove and/or block this before it gets any information or causes any damage. Include this as part of your training and make sure your anti-malware is running on all devices and internal and external networks.

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