Many modern businesses face a significant problem, which is the always looming threat of cyber-attack.
The biggest mistake to make as a business is underrating the issue. However, businesses in the UK lose an estimated £30 billion each year as a result of cyber-crime, and some lose their organisation altogether as a result of intense security breaches.
There are things you can do to offset any attacks and keep your business protected. By following a few simple guidelines, you can minimise the overall risk of your business closing down completely.
The first step is an extremely crucial one. In the modern world, cybercrime is an evolving and complex issue, presenting itself in a myriad of ways. Educating yourself on the potential issues affecting your business’ security is essential.
In tandem with educating yourself, it’s important to know where your organisation currently stands in terms of security. You can do this by completing a cyber security audit.
With this information in tow, you’ll be in a far better position in figuring out your next steps. It may be the case you aren’t updating your systems regularly enough, or there are unprotected smartphones and tablets present in the workplace.
Approach the issue from both a software and people standpoint. From a software standpoint, you need to back up your data and update your operating systems, as new updates come equipped with stronger security measures.
From a people standpoint, it’s important to note your employees are crucial to the structure of your security. Some employees may be unaware of sloppy mistakes, while others may actively abuse their privileges. Raising employee awareness and implementing new measures focussed towards them can help strengthen your cyber security.
Make Security a Priority
It’s not enough to simply know what’s wrong and put in measures to fix those issues. An attitude has to develop across the workplace, creating a more security conscious culture.
By making security a priority within your business, you can begin shaping these attitudes across the board.
Raise employee awareness regarding your company’s security, and make sure your new risk management policy is clear and understandable to everyone – it’s important also to make sure everyone is on the same page and is willing to comply.
As mentioned in the previous section, focus on your employees as much as your software. Implement rigorous password policies – discourage predictable passwords and use 2-factor authentication whenever possible.
Imagine Being Hacked Anyway
Regardless of your company’s current security measures, it’s not a good idea to wait until you see some sign or evidence of foul play.
Instead, imagine your company being hacked regardless of your security implementations.
Creating a worst case scenario will help prepare you for a wider range of possibilities. Your business might suffer a cyber-attack, but the outcome may not be as detrimental as the one you planned for. However, being over-prepared sets you up to deal with this outcome without too many issues.
Maintain the mentality that being over-prepared is better than being under-prepared.
Recovery from an attack may take some time, so being prepared can help speed up the process and get your business back on track without too much time being wasted. Remember: no organisation is 100% immune to a cyber-attack.
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