Throughout 2017, there were many reported instances of major international companies and governmental agencies experiencing issues with hackers. These included tests on the integrity of their security systems, as well as theft and distribution of secure information and intellectual property.
Amongst the known scams and hacks such as phishing, malware and bots, 2018 will see the rise of new tactics by hackers to disrupt large corporations and government departments. It is important to note that no matter the size of your business, security of your personal information and that of your clients is paramount.
Follow these 5 tips to ensure your systems are as secure as possible:
1. Train employees and provide set procedures.
Provide your employees with information and training surrounding the dangers of misuse and incorrect handling procedures of sensitive information. Laying out a set of company procedures allows all employees to be able to have a single point of reference relating to any queries they may have regarding cybersecurity.
2. Install anti-virus and firewalls.
Installing firewalls and anti-virus programs onto the computers within your network will aid the security of the information your system holds, both of your company and your clients. In order to maintain security, regular scans of your systems should take place and all software, plugins and widgets should be kept up to date.
3. Regulate personal and company device crossover
In order to reduce the chances of any hidden viruses and malware entering your network, the use of personal storage devices on company equipment should be restricted. The viewing of suspicious websites on company devices should be avoided and employees should be careful as to what is shared over social media, client information should never appear in any images without prior permission.
4. Limit and manage admin privileges and access.
In order to maintain the best possible security practices and to monitor the access of personal data for your business and your clients, certain levels of access privileges should be applied to user accounts. This will allow the security of certain information to be accessible only by those that have a requirement to do so. Use the 2018 New Year as the opportunity to revisit and update your network permissions
5. Strong and Authentic Passwords.
Passwords provide security to various systems throughout your business. It is your responsibility to ensure that the password is as strong and as hard to guess as possible. Using at least a 10 figure password that is a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and characters is a good starting point. Try to steer clear of consecutive letters and number sequences and personal information that could be easily worked out such as birthdays and family-related passwords.
Although there is an ongoing war against cyber attacks, Scammers will try to access important information held within your systems. Implementing good practices, policies, procedures and training throughout your business will help to protect your company as well as your clients!
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