How to protect your business against Cybercrime?
For most business one of the biggest challenges is keep a secure IT network and Environment. According to a UK government survey, more than four in 10 businesses have experience a cyber security breach/attack in the past 12 months.
So, what can businesses do to help protect themselves against Cybercrime?
One of the key factors in tackling cybercrime is making sure that everyone in the business knows what to look out for when it comes to Phishing scams etc and how to react to them. Provide the team with information on what to look out for, what to do if they receive such an email and how to react in they have inadvertently clicked on a bad URL or downloaded malware on their machine.
All members of staff should be made aware of any business security and computer use policies as part of their induction process.
Keep all devices updated
Keeping your devices and up to date with the latest security patches also helps businesses to protect themselves against cyber criminals. It was this issue that led to the WannaCry ransomware attack of May 2018 that affected organisations such as the NHS.
Businesses should always ensure that their computers and servers are running the latest or at very least a supported operating system, this will ensure that they have the latest security updates as long as they are applied. Also ensuring that web browsers are up to date as well as installing firmware updates on routers, printers etc.
Ignoring updates will leave loop holes in your system that could be exploited by Hackers.
Installing a virtual private network
Businesses nowadays want their staff to have the ability to be able to work from anywhere and installing a virtual private network or VPN as it’s known, will help to make a network much more secure.
VPNs create a safe and encrypted connection over a less secure network, such as the internet – something particularly useful for employees who use public WiFi in places such as coffee shops or airports, but even if they want to work from home.
Secure WiFi Access
Many businesses like to be able to offer customers access to WiFi, however by opening up the corporate network it provides an easy route for hackers to gain access to the business network.
Therefore it is best for guests to have a separate network to staff to stop them from being able to access the corporate network.
Another effective method of protecting your data is encryption, this helps to prevent access to sensitive data and rendering the data useless if it does fall into the wrong hands. There are many solutions available that will help your business achieve this whether its device encryption, email encryption these solutions mean that if a hacker stole your device for instance, they would not be able to access it unless they had the encryption key.
Use robust software
Businesses should implement robust software solutions that can help prevent your network and business being affected by cybercrime.
The likes of Sophos InterceptX stops ransomware in its tracks meaning that it will prevent the software from encrypting your data. Standard Antivirus solutions do not protect against this sort of threat, so it is key that your business invests in software that is specifically designed for this.
Even if your business has made every effort to protect the network against cyber criminals nothing is ever 100%. Therefore, your business should have a backup system in place so that you can revert your network back to state it was before it was targeted.
If you would like more information about how to protect your business against cybercrime, please get in touch with our IT security team on 01392 824 022 or email email@example.com.