How Can Businesses Improve Their Cyber Security?

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As long as there are businesses, there will always be crime against businesses. It’s just that the method changes. While the main approach used to be “smash and grab,” today we see a rise in cybercrime. Indeed this is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, and it’s not hard to see why: for the criminal, it’s a golden opportunity. The rewards can be high, the chances of being caught are slim, and so many companies leave themselves open to this type of attack. Because of this, it’s important for all businesses to take cyber threats seriously, especially small to medium-sized businesses (which are disproportionately targeted.) Below, we take a look at a few tips to keep your digital data safer.

Controlling Access

You’d like to think that your staff will always do the right thing for your business, but this isn’t always the case. The vast majority of crimes against companies happens internally. While they might not be the main player in the crime, they’re the ones who make it happen by supplying would-be criminals with the information that they need. As such, it’s important that, first, you hire correctly. Second, control who can access which parts of your database. It’s unlikely that all members of your team need to access every bit of information.

Lines of Defence

One of the reasons why small to medium businesses are targeted more is because they lack the level of protection that big companies do. But that’s only because they’ve been proactive with their protection; any company can defend itself if they have the right tools on their side. To ensure that criminals can’t get into your system, look at getting ISLA, a defense network from Cyberinc. You can’t always prevent people from targeting your business, but you can make it difficult/impossible for them to do so. 

Train Your Staff

We mentioned earlier that your staff might do you harm, but the truth is that the vast majority of your employees will want you to succeed. But they may still end up causing problems for you if they’re not well trained. Make sure that all of your staff know that they should choose a strong password for their devices, and avoid clicking suspicious links. All it takes is one employee to make a mistake, and a criminal could have access to your entire system.

When Traveling

You might have a watertight system when you’re at the office, but what about when you’re on the road? If you’re traveling for work, make sure that you take only the devices that you’re sure you’ll need (reduced chance of losing something), and avoid connecting to free public wifi — they make it super easy for someone to hack into your system.

Reviews and Updates

Finally, keep in mind that your cybersecurity shouldn’t standstill. There are always new methods of hacking into systems, and so you’ll need to periodically review and update your operations in order to make your cyber aspects more secure. 

 

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