Business should look at IT security as an essential to running their business in order to protect their network and most importantly data. But there are a number of mistakes that are commonly made that put businesses at risk of being exposed to cyber-attacks and/or data loss.
- Testing backups
Most businesses are aware that their data should be backed up in the event of a disaster, cyber security attack, data loss etc. However, many businesses fail to test their backups.
We recommend that all backups are tested periodically and it’s a good idea to make sure that you do a full restore too, to make sure that in the event of a disaster your data is recoverable.
- Ignoring Software updates
Updates and patches get release by software manufacturers regularly. Whilst they might seem annoying as they can take a while to update, they are crucial as they often provide significant improvements to performance and security. Without these patches it will leave your systems vulnerable to hackers.
- Skimping on Training
One of the best ways to protect your business against hackers and data breaches is educating your team on cyber security dangers and what to look out for. Provide them with information on phishing attacks as this is the most common form and what to do in the event of a phishing attack.
- Relying on single security layer
These days a single security layer is not enough to protect a business against Cyber threats and multi-layered approach Is required. This for example could be making sure you utilise Two factor Authentication when accessing data, emails or devices.
- Using Weak Passwords
Whilst using a multi-layered approach to security is vital, it is still just as important to ensure that you are using strong passwords. You should have a password policy in your company policies to advise staff on how to create strong password as the longer or more complex a password the harder it is to guess by brute force.
These are just some of the things businesses should consider when it comes to IT Security, if you would like more information or assistance with your businesses IT security solutions and needs please get in touch with our team today on 01392 824 022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.