It Support and ervices October: Cyber Security Awareness Month

Since 2012, the month of October has been used to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security. In today’s world, it is not uncommon to hear stories about companies that have suffered devastating security breaches compromising all of its critical data.

Have you asked yourself if your business is prepared if it is threatened by a cyber attack?

Although there is no guaranteed method or solution that will prevent you from a cyber breach, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your business’ data and systems.

  1. Update, update, update: Regularly updating your devices helps to fix and control known vulnerabilities to hackers, malware and viruses.
  2. Connect and browse wisely: Do not click suspicious links in emails, Web sites or on social media sites. If you are unsure of whether the link is phishing for information, do not click the link and contact your I.T. company immediately.
  3. Backup regularly: Backing up your data, software and other important business information is a smart I.T. policy to have in place for many reasons. If your company happens to fall victim to a cyber attack, having this backup will save you time and money trying to restore your crucial data.
  4. Implement antivirus, malware and firewall protection: Consider these types of protection the ‘watch dogs’ of your I.T. networks and devices. They stop any unwanted malware, viruses or suspicious files from being accessed and downloaded onto your network.
  5. Add password protections: Requiring your employees to use two-factor authentication or longer, more complex passwords can help protect your accounts from being hacked. Two-factor authentication is a security features that requires two means of identification to access the account, which, in turn makes the account harder to hack.
  6. Communicate with employees about cyber security and known threats: Train your employees to recognise signs of a cyber attack by informing them of current threats in the industry.  Make sure to have a policy in place so employees know who to turn to when and if they encounter an attack or suspicious email.
  7. Develop an I.T. disaster recovery plan: Being prepared is always your first line of defense—having a plan in place for a data or security breach will help to control and contain the threat quicker and more efficiently.

 

We recommend conducting routine network assessments as our final tip to help protect you against a cyber attack. Network assessments provide you with a detailed examination of your network’s hardware and software.  This analysis exposes any weakness and vulnerabilities that may be prone to a data breach and provides a solution to correct the problems.

These same tips can be used on personal networks as well to ensure your critical information, whether at home or at the office, is protected.

 

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