Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Many SME’s believe that due to their size, they are less likely to be targeted by a cyber-security attack; however, this could not be further from the truth. According to the *Federation of Small Businesses, SME’s are subject to almost 10,000 attacks per day collectively which is estimated at an annual cost of £4.5 billion with the average cost of an individual attack at £1,300.
As a business owner, not only are you responsible for ensuring that you protect your company’s systems and employees, but also are responsible for protecting your customer data and safeguarding the business from potential breeches and/or attacks.
So how can you reinforce cyber-security in your business? In this blog, we explain our top tips for minimising your risk of an attack and recommendations to protect your business.
- Double check to and from addresses for misspelled or additional words
- Ensure all email accounts require strong passwords on all accounts
- Send emails over encrypted connections
- Delete any suspicious emails straight away and avoid opening them
- Never use personal accounts for company business
- Avoid clicking suspicious links or be wary downloading attachments
- Turn on automatic software updates for operating system, browsers and apps
- Delete any unused software or applications
- Ensure that all software is reviewed before installation
- Keep all machines up-to-date with the latest anti-virus and/or anti-malware software
- Take regular backups which are encrypted stored securely
- Never leave devices unlocked when unattended
- Protect mobile devices with an additional pin or password
- Implement Bit-Locker protection where possible
- Double check the websites you are using are HTTPS encrypted
- Ensure that you have a valid SSL certificate and HTTPS installed on your company’s website
- Where accounts hold sensitive information, use two-factor authentication
- Use long-tail complex password, preferably via a password manager
- Double check URLs when clicking through a link
- Have separate Wi-Fi networks for business and customers
- Restrict accessing the network remotely
- Ensure secure passwords are in place
- Ensure staff are trained correctly and are aware of what to do if an attack is recognised
- Only give access to systems and files required
- Limit access to systems for temporary staff
- Require all staff change passwords regularly
- Ensure all company data is kept on site, unless for authorised use
- Use a terminal server where possible for remote access
By following our top tips, you can ensure that you, your business, employees and customers remain protected and reduce the chances of a cyber-attack.
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