Cyber attacks are increasingly being directed at small business because their defences are not as good as those found in large organisations. Every person, business and workplace has something of value to hackers. It has become more important than ever to have the correct cyber security measures in place.
Whilst vulnerabilities are often caused by poorly maintained systems and weak passwords, these can be solved fairly easily by working with a good IT support company who will keep your systems up-to-date, deploy security software, and enforce password policies.
Unfortunately, the biggest security vulnerability in any IT system is usually the users of the system. The weakest link in the IT security chain is people. And this can be good employees doing stupid things, or bad employees deliberately doing things they shouldn’t.
Be Informed, Be Protected
The one thing you can do today to increase your level of protection is to begin the process of education about information security within your business. Information is one of the main assets of your company and everyone needs to understand the basics of how to protect it. Fortunately, HM Government has provided a free on-line course to help you with this.
The “Responsible for Information” for SMEs course has three modules, aimed at General Users, Information Owners, and Directors and Business Owners, with content tailored for each of the three groups.
You can access the e-learning material using the following URL:
Everyone who comes to work at Superfast IT undergoes this training, and I’d recommend that everyone in your team does too.
The training takes around 45 minutes to complete and it will go a long way towards improving information security in your business.
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