The cyber-attack that crippled the London NHS computer systems on Friday has opened up the discussion on security checks organisations put in place. There are certain mistakes that organizations commonly make for which, after research and consultation, we offer suggestions to reduce the risk of an attack.
Create an internal policy
Do you know what the biggest cyber security risk is for your business? There are a number of business owners who are surprised to learn that it is their employees. In many cases, criminals will get inside a network thanks to one of your employees clicking on a line in an email or using a poor password. It is important to stay updated on the latest scams that are going around and to keep your employees aware of the scams, as well.
Keep your computers updated
One of the simplest strategies, you can use immediately, is ensuring that your entire network is up to date. This means paying attention to all notifications regarding updates to your operating systems, anti-virus software, web browsers and firewalls. Ignoring any of these essentially leaves cracks in your defense system.
Use cloud services
Many businesses save both money and time by using cloud services for handling their application needs and data storage. It can often be cost-prohibitive for smaller businesses to purchase, manage and maintain server farms. Yet, you can get the same level of computing for minimal month subscription costs by using the cloud. Of course, stick with only the most reputable companies.
Create strong passwords and change them frequently
There are a number of security experts that state that you should never use the same password for all of your accounts. Doing this is just asking for all your personal information to be stolen. Try to create diverse passwords that combine numbers, symbols and other factors to ensure it is safe and secure. You should also ensure that passwords are changed every few months. This is true for you, as well as your employees.
Hire a security expert
One of the best ways for you to discover if there are any holes or security risks present in your infrastructure is to hire a security consultant. While this may sound like a significant expense, it is actually an invaluable service that may help you to save quite a bit of money and frustration down the road. There is a good reason that large companies, such as Facebook, have created programs that reward those who investigate the security of a website. These are fondly referred to as “ethical hackers” and can help you see where any security risks may lurk in your company.
Increase employee awareness
This is one of the most cost-effective methods of preventing a cyber attack. It is critical to understand that cyber attacks can occur just by a cyber criminal having access to an employee laptop. This is why it’s imperative for your company to implement privacy training.