How to be Cyber Secure

A lot of SMEs have been slow to implement cyber security thinking that their business might not be a target, even though recently high-profile cyber-attacks are changing attitudes. Large organisations need to dedicate resources to protect their networks as well as smaller organisations, all businesses are at risk. Cyber-crime operates in a number of ways, could be from an individual targeting your businesses to viruses and malware which would then spread through unsecure networks. Now that you know that cyber-crime makes all businesses vulnerable, how do you prevent it?

The best method for staying cyber secure is ‘prevention rather than cure. There are many ways to get your company’s data and systems back online, but it can be complicated and time consuming, here are some steps on how to be cyber secure, no matter what business you run or how big it is.

Assess

Asses on a regular basis to keep on top of the ever-changing security technologies. You can use penetration testing to identify known and new security vulnerabilities in your IT environment.

Prevention

It is essential to have layers of protection and monitoring. Use high-end technologies to track and monitor your network in real-time, this will keep you safer.

People and Processes

To see if there is any vulnerability in the way you store and share your data, evaluate all of your business processes. To help, your employees need to know about cyber security as sometimes people are the weakest part of your security, this is because they could leave passwords or devices un-secure or opening attachments and websites they shouldn’t.

Continuity

It is important to have a business continuity plan for what happens in the event of a disaster, or we call this a disaster recovery plan. This means that you can get all your data, applications and systems working after an attack, so your business can keep working.

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