Cyber security is incredibly important for all businesses. Every from small and medium-sized businesses, all the way up to major corporations are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. We spoke with TechQuarters, an IT support and managed services specialist based in the UK. They gave us a rundown of the most important steps a business should take to boost its cyber protection.
Businesses always have a lot of data floating around their network, and the more widespread your network is, the more at risk that data is. Let’s say you have remote employees working for your business, they might save company data on their computers, or perhaps share it across unsecured networks. You can mitigate these risks by storing all company data in centralized company storage. These storages are usually in the Cloud, which has great levels of security. You can recruit the help of a managed service provider to help set up centralized Cloud storage. For example, TechQuarters are one of many managed service providers UK businesses have trusted to help set up Cloud storage for them.
While there are certain things that protect the individual user, there are also measures that need to be taken to protect the business overall – one of these is regular backups. TechQuarters, as an IT support company UK businesses turn to for security, highly recommend performing regular backups. Essentially, you copy all the data throughout your company’s network, and store it in a high-security data center, so that in the event of a major disaster, you can restore your company data. The more frequently you perform backups, the easier it will be to restore all your company data.
As well as protecting against disasters, backups are also a good strategy against cyber-attacks that lock you out of your network and try to request a ransom. If you already have a full backup of your network, you don’t have to worry as much.
Many businesses have policies where workers bring their own mobile phones and use them for work (normally called ‘Bring your own device’ or BYOD). If your company does this, you must also use device management tools. It works by downloading a device management app onto employees’ phones, which allows the business to protect company data that resides on their phones. IT support providers will usually be able to help your business with implementing device management for all of your employee’s devices.
Virtual Private Networks
In a lot of businesses, employees may go out to meet clients, and therefore do lots of traveling and working in public areas. Some employees may like to get work done during their commute to work. In these types of scenarios, it is important to remember that you are not using a private, secured network. Public networks are often quite vulnerable to cyber-attacks, so it is important to have VPNs for your users. A virtual private network is a technology solution that allows you to access the internet through a private network that has better security than free, public Wi-Fi that is available on public transport and other public venues.
It is becoming clear to a lot of people that passwords are a common vulnerability point. Users tend to only use very simple passwords and often use the same password for multiple logins. This is a recipe for disaster as simple passwords can be cracked in seconds. This is why password managers are a great solution. These programs can generate complicated passwords which are hard to crack, and they even save them in an encrypted digital vault. You can get password managers that auto-fill passwords in apps and webpages for you – they are the best way to maintain a high level of password security for all your accounts.
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