A multitude of recent surveys have established that cyber attacks are on the rise against businesses. Although we have become used to seeing big brands very publicly hacked or attacked, being smaller than the US Department of Justice or Ticketmaster is no longer a form of protection. Every business now needs to take steps to prevent being targeted.
1. Get used to regular updates and maintenance
Unpatched issues or software that has not been updated present one of the simplest but potentially most severe opportunities for cyber attack. If there is a vulnerability in the software or systems that you use and this has been fixed in the latest update – but you do not download it – your business is instantly vulnerable.
2. Train your staff
Employees can make your business vulnerable through mistakes and human error. However, they can also be one of your most effective security assets. Train staff to spot potential problems, from data leaks to an ongoing hack, so that you can handle any issues swiftly.
3. Use a firewall
Firewalls are specifically designed to protect a network from unauthorised access so it makes a lot of sense to use them.
4. Practice positive password maintenance
“Password” remains one of the most popular passwords, which makes things very easy for a potential hacker looking to get to somewhere they should not be. Ensure that all the passwords that allow access to your systems are regularly changed and that they are complex enough to deter cyber breaches in the first place.
5. Ensure employees have individual accounts
This will not only provide you with a clear line of sight if there is an issue that has been caused by a member of staff but will also ensure employees know that there is transparency. When staff know that they will be held accountable they are much more likely to be cautious when clicking on links and attachments etc.
6. Use antivirus and antispyware software
Make sure that every machine accessing your network is fitted with antivirus and antispyware software – just one that does not have it could make the whole network vulnerable. This type of software is only as good as its most recent version so make sure it is regularly updated too.
7. Back up your data
If the worst happens and you are the subject of a cyber attack, access to backed up data can ensure that you can protect business continuity.
8. Practice access control
Physically restricting who can get into rooms with servers or computers in will limit the potential for anyone who should not be accessing your network to get in.
9. Limit digital access too
It is a good idea to control where employees can venture on your network, as well as who has permissions to carry out key functions, such as downloading new software.
10. Secure your WiFi
It is a simple step but one that will protect what is often the most vulnerable part of any network. Strong WiFi security is essential, as is keeping the network as disguised as possible.
Cyber-attacks are an increasing possibility for every business – but you can protect yours by taking key steps like those outlined above. For full assurance of your network infrastructure security, take a look at netConsult’s netSecure service today.
Author: Laura Zverko - Follow us on Google+