Commandments of Cybersecurity

Commandments of Cybersecurity

Anyone can be a target for cybercriminals

First and foremost, never assume that you won’t be hit by a cyber attack. If you’re lucky, it will never happen, but absolutely anyone can be a target because many attacks use automated software, which doesn’t necessarily discriminate. Small businesses may also be more likely to fall victim to security breaches because criminals consider them soft targets.

Passwords should be strong and unique

Although other forms of authentication exist, such as fingerprint scanners, passwords remain the most common way of logging into websites and systems. Don’t make life easy for criminals by using weak or easily guessed passwords like ‘Pa$$w0rd’ or ‘12345678’, and don’t reuse your passwords in different places.

Keep all software and hardware up to date

If possible, use automatic updates to keep your IT solutions up to date. Otherwise, ensure that you regularly check for updates, particularly those that include security patches.

Report any and all suspicious activity

It’s not necessary to report every single dodgy email you get, as long as they’re automatically getting sent to your spam folder, but if you see what you think might be a phishing attempt and it hasn’t been filtered out, tell your IT people. By getting the word out, you can make sure no one in your business falls victim to a scam.

Secure all devices including smartphones

In the modern workplace, it’s not just workstations and servers you need to be concerned with; many workers also carry phones and tablets that are connected to the corporate network via WiFi. These need to made secure or limited to a guest network because they present a potential entry point for hackers.

Identify your security weaknesses and fix them

All businesses should be aware of their weak points. That could include many things, including operating systems that are no longer supported, people who aren’t trained to spot phishing emails, routers that don’t use the latest security protocols and systems not configured to deliver the maximum security benefits.

Be careful when clicking links or files in emails

Booby-trapped files and websites are a favorite way for hackers to install malware or to steal data, and email is the most common way of getting people to open them. If you receive an email from someone you don’t know and it’s urging you to download a file or follow a link, stop and think about it first.

Lock your computer when you’re away from it

This is especially important if you’re using a laptop or other mobile device and you’re not in the office, because if criminals gain physical access to your computer, it’s no problem for them to install malware on it. To lock your system, simply press the Windows key and L. You’ll need your password or PIN to log back in.

Review your cybersecurity measures every year

Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to rip people off, so cybersecurity cannot be considered as a one-off, static purchase. At least once a year, you should assess your current security solutions, to see if they’re still up to the task, and if they’re not, then you need to upgrade. This is also a good time to look at your security budget, to make sure it’s being spent effectively.

Make multiple backups, with at least one kept off-site

In the majority of cases, one backup will be enough if your main copy of data is damaged by mechanical failure or human error, but if you’re unlucky, your backup could be lost at the same time. The chances of your backups being affected increase when malware enters the equation.

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