Feeling threatened by news of data breaches and high-profile hacks?
81% of business executives say they’re not confident in their cyber security. That’s no surprise when so many businesses are working with out-of-date tech.
Below, we’re looking at the steps you can take to protect your business from cyber security threats.
Encrypt Your Data
Taking even basic steps can deter a surprising amount of threats. Without encryption, your business is low-hanging fruit to hackers.
You should encrypt any private data – for a business, that means most of it. At the very least, you should protect your data with passwords and auto-logouts.
The big challenge here is balancing robust encryption with usability. But strong encryption is vital for any data traveling via the internet or in the form of physical media.
Update Your Software
Outdated software looks like a giant target for hackers.
Software updates routinely include security fixes. And as developers release new software, they drop support for obsolete packages. That leaves obsolete software with gaping security holes.
The most high-profile example in recent years is the WannaCry ransomware. It brought the UK’s NHS software to its knees by exploiting ancient software.
Ensure you’re working with the latest software. If you’re still on Windows XP, it’s time to upgrade to something more modern.
Educate Your Staff
Sometimes hackers don’t need technical prowess to gain access. They simply need oblivious employees.
Social engineering is one of the major cyber security threats. People have a surprising degree of trust for individuals they’ve never met.
Educate your staff on cyber security protocols. That includes traditional stuff like strong passwords. But it also means teaching them to spot things like phishing emails. They’ll also need to challenge any intruders to physical spaces, like offices.
You’ll need to refresh this training regularly. Security isn’t a box to tick, it’s a matter of workplace culture. Your employees need to be aware that everyone is responsible for cyber security.
Bring in the Experts
Ultimately, many businesses just don’t have the expertise to deal with the complex field of cyber security.
But luckily, they don’t have to. There are numerous consulting firms that will offer security check-ups or manage a firm’s cyber security for them. For a small investment, businesses can rest assured they’re as protected as they can be.
Security experts will show you where your security is weakest and tell you how to fix it. They’ll also teach you how to stay on top of your cyber security.
Working with an IT service provider can also transfer the complexities of IT to those who know what they’re doing. That way, you can always be sure you’re working with the latest technology.
Staying on Top of Cyber Security Threats
Cyber security is an arms race between businesses and hackers. Even as developers release new patches, hackers find new vulnerabilities. That’s why businesses need to stay on top of cyber security news and adapt to changing times.
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