Your personal, and business data is incredibly important to both yourself and your company. For this reason, and many others, it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself from being targeted, and affected by cyber-attacks.
The chances are that it would cost you an incredible amount of time and money to retrieve and recover what you have lost. Therefore, to help with this we can put together this list of 14 ways to protect yourself from cyber-attacks:
1. Security Assessment: It’s important to establish a baseline and close existing vulnerabilities to your personal data and business. When did you have your last assessment?
2. Spam Email: Most cyber-attacks originate in your emails. It’s important to be wary when receiving emails that look dodgy, and come from unreliable sources. If you get in touch with our team, we can help you choose a service designed to reduce spam and your exposure to attacks on yourself and staff via email.
3. Passwords: It’s necessary to apply security policies on your network. For example: Deny or limit USB file storage access, enable enhanced password policies, set user screen timeouts, and limit user access.
4. Security Awareness: Are your users aware of the cyber threats they face online? You should be teaching your staff about data security, email attacks, and your policies and procedures. We offer cyber security training to help educate teams and staff, give us a call today to find out more!
5. Advanced Endpoint Detection & Response: this protects your computers data from malware, viruses, and cyber attacks by using advanced endpoint security. Today’s technology (which replaces your outdated antivirus solutions) protects against file-less and script-based threats, and can even rollback a ransomware attack.
6. Multi-Factor Authentication: It’s important to utilise multi-factor authentication whenever you can, including on your network, banking, websites, and even social media. It adds an additional layer of protection to ensure that even if your password does get stolen your data stays protected.
7. Computer Updates: It’s important to keep Microsoft, Adobe, and Java products updated for better security. If you wanted support with protecting your computers by identifying these attacks before they get a chance to affect your business then get in touch today.
(Download this PDF: 14 Ways To Protect Your Business From A Cyberattack)
8. Dark Web Research: Knowing in real-time what passwords and accounts have been posted on the Dark Web will allow you to be proactive in preventing a data breach. We scan the Dark Web and take action to protect your business from stolen credentials that have been posted for sale.
9. SIEM/Log Management: This uses big data engines to review all event and security logs from all covered devices to protect against advanced threats and to meet compliance requirements.
10. Web Gateway Security: Internal security is a race against time. Cloud-based security detects web and email threats as they emerge on the internet, and block them on your network within seconds – before they reach the user.
11. Mobile Device Security: Today’s cyber criminals attempt to steal data or access our network by way of your employees’ phones and tablets. They’re counting on you to neglect this piece of the puzzle. Mobile device security closes this gap.
12. Firewall: Turn on Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention features. Send the log files to a managed SIEM. And if your IT team doesn’t know what these things are, call us today!
13. Encryption: Whenever possible, the goal is to encrypt files at rest, in motion (think email) and especially on mobile devices.
14. Backups: Backup local, backup to the cloud, have an offline backup for each month of the year. Test your backups often, and if you aren’t convinced your backups are working properly call us ASAP.
To finish off, we wanted to share a couple of “Did you know” statistics to help highlight the importance of cyber security:
1in5 small businesses suffered from a cyber breach last year.
81% of all breaches happen to small and medium-sized businesses.
97% of breaches could have been prevented with today’s technology!
If you need further support with any of these points mentioned in this blog, and would like to stop yourself from becoming another % in these statistics, then email us at email@example.com or call us today on 01727 861 553.