With cyber crime on the rise, and SMBs the most vulnerable of commercial targets, protecting your data and access to your company network has never been more important. Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading IT support and network services experts. We provide a range of services including secure remote access and cloud and offsite backup solutions. As a result, we have produced these simple steps to cyber security success for SMBs.
These are our simple steps to cyber security success for SMBs
To keep your business safe, there are some simple and straight forward steps you can take immediately. These include:
- Updating all passwords- Passwords are the number one form of protection for any data, whether this is stored online, or on your local network. Restricting access with password protection can help prevent the theft of data or information even during a cyber attack. Updating all the passwords across the staff on a regular basis is a straight forward way to protect your company.
- Developing a secure password policy- Updating passwords is not always enough, if these are easy to guess or to crack. As a result, you should establish a secure password policy that will help ensure that the passwords your staff choose are up to standard and offer maximum protection. 12 digits, a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols is currently considered the best practice.
- Updating all software and creating an update policy- Software updates for apps and operating systems on both desktop computers and mobile devices is a good way to stay safe online. Software updates usually involve security patches which can fix issues with the current software. This includes securing any back doors or features that can be maliciously exploited by cyber criminals. As a result, you should be sure to keep all of your software and operating systems as up to date as possible, and even develop a company wide policy for this if necessary.
- Backing up your company data- While prevention is always better than cure, in the event of cyber attack or breach of security, large or small, it will be crucial to access your existing data to get back up and running again as quickly as possible. Backing up your data should involve backing up virtually as well as physically, although your physical data should be stored in a completely separate place, and not be connected digitally to your network either. Backing up at the end of work every day can keep your data secure, and it means that you don’t run the risk of cyber criminals encrypting, removing or wiping all of your data.
- Training staff- Finally, keeping your staff up to date with all practices, and with knowledge regarding the common types of cyber crime, especially phishing, is essential. This training can prevent your staff from allowing unauthorized access to a cyber criminal unintentionally.
For more information or advice, why not ask the experts today, here at Creative Network Solutions.