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New Year, Healthy Cyber? 11 Tips to Healthier Cyber Security in 2021

Why is Cyber Security Important? We are not going to lie, 2020 was not the best year for anyone, especially for small and medium businesses. However, now that it is over, we are looking at 2021 with a renewed hope and positivity. It is a new year, there is new potential with hundreds already writing …

  • 13 Jan 2021
  • Ash Kerr
5 min read
New Year, Healthy Cyber? 11 Tips to Healthier Cyber Security in 2021

Why is Cyber Security Important?

We are not going to lie, 2020 was not the best year for anyone, especially for small and medium businesses. However, now that it is over, we are looking at 2021 with a renewed hope and positivity. It is a new year, there is new potential with hundreds already writing their new years resolutions and promising themselves that this year they will make a change. If we were going to ask you what is one of the first ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ that people promise themselves, we are sure you’d say something along the lines of “new year, new me.” A sense of determination to get yourself healthier, to hit the gym and start a balanced diet rich with nutrients and vitamins. So, with this in mind, we have one question for you:

Why not do the same for your business?

Cyber Security has never been more important than now. Why? Cyber-crime is on the rise, there are more breaches and hacks than ever before. At the same time businesses are sharing more personal and business data online using systems such as the Cloud. Protecting sensitive data is crucial, making sure your organisation has systems and processes in place to secure private business and client data should be a priority.

Data breaches are one of the largest threats to organisations security globally, costing businesses upwards of millions in fines and expenses. A breach can cost your business its reputation, with no guarantee of recovery.

Large organisations all over the world are growing in awareness when it comes to cyber security and privacy data protection. If you pay attention to tech news and your emails you will have noticed an influx in company cyber security updates, changes, and assurances of your data privacy. These businesses now understand the major consequences that a breach could have in time, money, reputation, legal and PR repercussions.

There is no better time than now. A new year and a fresh start. It is time to check your security processes to see if you are substantially protected, and if not, you need to actively start looking to put procedures in place which will protect and secure your organisation from any potential breaches which could cost you your whole livelihood.

 

Top Cyber Security Tips to Protect Your Business Online

  • Password Tips

Your passwords are more important than you think. To keep your passwords safe, double-check all passwords are non-personal and formed of a series of letters, numbers and symbols. We also suggest you use a Password Manager so your passwords are secure and also easier to manage. Set passwords with expiry dates so your employees need to change their passwords regularly to keep the business secure. Any ex-employees accounts should be removed immediately to make sure access is revoked to protect the company.

 

  • Encrypt Sensitive Data

Encrypting your data adds an extra layer of security should you be breached, also never send your passwords or any sensitive data via email without it being encrypted first.

 

  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA)

This adds extra layers of security to make sure your company is not easily hacked if any passwords are compromised. We recommend you do not use any SMS based MFA systems. An MFA means an employee must prove their identity before being able to login, authorising them before they have access to any important data.

 

  • Patching & Firewalls

Your systems, browsers and devices should all be up to date and regularly patched correctly. If your company uses a firewall, which it should, make sure the firewall is up to date. Remember the older a system is the more vulnerable you are to threats and hackers looking to compromise your company.

 

  • Phishing & Ransomware Awareness

Protecting your company against phishing or ransomware scams is vital. Be cautious of suspicious emails, clicking on links in them or visiting unfamiliar websites and social media pages. Being constantly vigilant is crucial for the security of your business.

 

  • Regular Backups

Make regular backups of your key systems and data. Keep all copies off-site, this way if you are compromised you have an extra layer of security and can access all your data and information quickly when needed.

 

  • VPNs

Have a VPN in place if you are using any public Wi-Fi or insecure networks to keep all information and data secure. This would be a good recommendation if your workforce are working from home.

 

  • Anti-Virus/Malware Protection

Install and regularly update any Anti-Virus and Malware protection. This is the bare minimum you can do to protect your business, but it is vital you have some protection in place.

 

  • Properly Prioritise Security Risks

Educate yourself on security risks and prioritise your company’s cyber security. Also send out regular updates on any change in protocol, new scams, viruses, cyber information and any other important cyber updates. Analyse your organisations security protocols and systems, make sure everything is in place and your business is as secure as it can be.

 

  • Training Staff

Hold regular training sessions on the dangers of cyber-crime and to educate on awareness so they can recognise any breaches, phishing or ransomware attacks before they take place. When your employees recognise a potential attack and report it, remember to support and reward them to give workers more incentives to be vigilant.

 

  • Cyber Security Software/Products

As we mentioned earlier, Anti-Virus and Malware software is not enough to adequately protect your business from hackers, and you could easily still be breached. This would cost your company time, money and its reputation. We recommend you research different software and products that are available and discuss with a cyber security company what is best to secure and protect your business. It is best to be prepared instead of suffering the consequences.

 

What Products Could Help You?

It is hard to tell you which products are best for your business because different businesses have different needs depending on their size as well as their requirements. There are numerous products which can help you secure and protect your business. A few notable ones are Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus, Penetration Testing and IT Health Checks, there are also the larger solutions such as a Security Operations Centre and ISO-27001 (which we wrote a blog on recently which you can read here). These are all different solutions for different requirements and are worth looking into to see which method would be best for your company.

 

Get in Touch

Here at DigitalXRAID we can help you and your business find the best secure cyber security method and processes for you. We promise to work with you and only recommend what we feel is best. We have a dedicated team of experts each specialised in their areas who are here for you when needed. DigitalXRAID are committed to providing the best cyber security services with a personal touch, leaving you feeling secure that your business is in the best hands.

Working with us means you can head into the New Year knowing your business will run smoothly and will remain secure for the future. If you are trying to improve your personal health, why not improve your business health today as well?

Get in touch with our experts today.

Contact Us | DigitalXRAID 

References

https://www.executech.com/insight/following-easy-digital-security-tips/

https://www.varonis.com/blog/cybersecurity-tips/

https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/10-cyber-security-tips-protect-your-business-online

https://uk.pcmag.com/security/40622/10-simple-things-you-can-do-to-be-more-secure-online

 

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