Although many SME’s have been slow to implement adequate cyber security, believing their business would not be a target, recent high profile cyber-attacks are changing attitudes. It is not only larger organisations that need to dedicate resources to protect their networks against the increasing risk of online threats, all businesses are at risk.
As with crime in the ‘real-world’ it is almost impossible to stop a determined criminal; however as with real-world crime there are many things you can do to protect your business and make it less of a target. Cyber crime can operate in a number of ways from an individual deliberately targeting your business to viruses and malware which spread through unsecure networks.
It is important to understand the dangers of cyber crime and that all businesses are vulnerable, but how can you prevent it?
When it comes to cyber security ‘prevention rather than cure’ is the best method for staying cyber secure. There are methods of retrieving your data and getting a company’s systems back online but it can be complicated and time consuming. The following are the steps that all businesses should be following to get cyber secure.
Use penetration testing to identify known and newly emerging security vulnerabilities within your IT environment. Asses on a regular basis to keep abreast of the ever-changing security landscape.
Having layers of protection and monitoring is essential. Using high-end technologies to track and monitor your network in real-time will keep you safer.
3. Processes & people
Evaluating all of your business processes to see if there is any vulnerability in the way you store and share data is vital. Your employees need to be engaged with your cyber security as people are often the weakest part of your security. From leaving passwords or devices un-secure to opening attachments and websites they shouldn’t.
Having a business continuity plan for what happens in the event of disaster is vital. Ensuring that you can get your data, applications and systems back working after an attack will mean your business can continue working.
EBC Group have created an eBook on cyber security to guide businesses through the steps they should take. To find out more download for free