Are you worried about cyber security threats to your business? If not, you should be. The cyber security landscape is ever-changing, and you must constantly update your defences to make sure your data is secure as possible. Here’s how Superfast IT is helping our clients with their cyber security.
What are the Risks
By understanding the risks, cyber attacks can pose to your business it should encourage you to make sure your cyber security is in the best condition possible. Even the most basic cyber security measures are now a necessity, or you will leave yourself open to these risks
How much data does your company store? Client, employee and business-critical data are all at risk from inadequate cyber security. If this information got leaked into the public domain how much damage could it do to your business?
Poor cyber security on your network is an open gate for malware. Worms, viruses, ransomware and more will all cause problems for your business and could cause extended periods of downtime.
What do you think your customers would say if your systems were used to launch a cyber attack against them? Your systems could be used as part of a botnet if you have inadequate cyber security.
Your website is your first sales pitch to potential customers. Now imagine if that was taken over by somebody looking to cause harm to your business reputation.
If cyber criminals get access to your systems, they could use it for several reasons. Not only could they damage your systems they could use yours to damage other people’s too.
Did you know poor cyber security can now get you fined? By not sufficiently protecting your clients’ data you run the risk of lawsuits, government fines and more.
Some companies never recover from a cyber attack. While they may be able to recover data and get systems back up and running the reputational damage can cause more harm than the attack. Customers can quickly lose trust in your business if you’re not protecting their data.
If somebody got full access to your systems how much money would be at their fingertips? Online fraud is on the rise, and it’s more important than ever to protect your company accounts.
Cyber criminals can make changes to your systems without you knowing. Not only will these changes affect you in the short-term, but they can leave an ‘open gate’ on your network for them to visit any time they want.
How much would one minute of downtime cost you? What about one hour? What about a whole month? Cyber attacks can disrupt your business in several ways. Not only will you spend money fixing the attack you could be losing money from downtime at the same time.
Every record, document, file and more is always under threat from cyber attacks. If you were to lose data due to weak cyber security, there’s a very slim chance you would ever see that data again.
If your device falls into the wrong hands would they be able to access your data? Make sure things such as two-factor authentication, secure passwords and the ability to remotely disable a device are implemented in your business.
Are any of these a worry for you in your business? When we know what threats will have the biggest impacts on your business we can then start making recommendations to defend against them.
12 Cyber Security Controls
To help you put in place robust cyber security defences without breaking the bank, we’ve brought together 12 primary security controls, based on guidance from the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre, which include those incorporated within the Cyber Essentials framework.
Network perimeter defences will block any external attacks on your network keeping your data safe. With 1.9 billion records lost or stolen in the first 6 months of 2017, this is a critical part of business cyber security.
Secure configuration refers to security measures that are implemented when building and installing computers and network devices in order to reduce unnecessary cyber vulnerabilities.
Is your software up to date? If it’s not it’s a major security risk. You only have to look at the WannaCry ransomware in May 2017 to see the damage that can be caused on unprotected or unpatched software.
Allowing employees access to all your data is a major security risk. Make sure each user only has access to what they need. If a user leaves or moves department make sure the access is revoked.
Malware is an umbrella term for anything bad on your computers such as viruses and ransomware. Malware protection will help guard you against dangers online that could infect your devices.
When was the last time you backed up your data? Last week? Last month? Last year? Never?
You should be taking a regular backup of your data with active copies to access and store them in a safe place.
Cyber security is for everybody in an organisation not just a few people. Your network will only be as secure as your weakest link. Make sure everybody has had the correct cyber security training and is aware the company protocols.
Spam protection on your email inbox can help guard against phishing attempts. With 156 MILLION phishing emails sent per day it’s more important than ever to protect your email accounts.
There are thousands of malicious websites online and some are more easy to spot than others. Take away the risk of these websites by blocking access to them all together.
Removable media provide a common route for the introduction of malware and the accidental or deliberate export of sensitive data. You should be clear about the business need to use removable media and apply appropriate security controls to its use.
Do you know who has access to your Wi-Fi? Do you have a list of devices that connect to your Wi-Fi? Is there a secure password on the router? A poorly secure router is an open gate to your network.
Dedicate somebody to make sure everybody has the right protection and are following the correct procedures when it comes to cyber security.
Meeting with you
Every client’s IT infrastructure is different. Different businesses need to protect against different threats. That’s why at Superfast IT before any client is onboarded we carry out a technology assessment. This assessment gives us an understanding of your business and what you need to protect against. We can then give product recommendations in plain English you’ll understand with no IT jargon. The final decision to purchase is always yours.
Quarterly Business Review’s (QBR’s) let us keep a regular eye on your IT systems, and gives us a chance to tell you about the latest threats to your business. We all want the latest picture of your business to make sure your data is secure as possible.
Cyber security threats are something that you must protect your business against. It can seem a daunting task to make the right decisions on your defences and that’s where Superfast IT can help. Does this sound a familiar problem to your business? Get in touch below to see how Superfast IT can help you.