Highly-publicised security breaches have left businesses of all sizes thinking, "are we next?"
In fact, 47% of mid-market organisations reported feeling vulnerable to cyber-attack, and 58% of all data breaches are targeting small businesses. (Statistics from our partner WatchGuard Technologies)
Here are some quick-fire tips to improve your cyber-security strategy, so simple that you can take action on them today!
- Start thinking of yourself as a target.
- It sounds so negative, but it's the starting point for being more proactive. Something like an audit of your entire infrastructure will help you to see the vulnerabilities in your system that are entry points for hackers and malware.
- Share less.
- Social media has made social engineering an incredibly lucrative scheme. Why? Impersonating you to steal information is easy when you've posted every detail of your chain of command and daily activities or responsibilities on LinkedIn or the like. Be more cautious about what you share online.
- Choose strong email security tools.
- Modern work habits mean that hundreds of emails pass through your inbox every day. Reading and evaluating each one with a critical eye becomes impossible, and the 'decision-fatigue' could lead to you clicking on a suspicious link or sending credentials to someone who asked (who you think must be in accounting). That's why email security tools are on our list of cyber-security essentials.
- Keep an eye on connected devices.
- Research by ESG suggests that 67% of small businesses allow employees to use any endpoint device they own (tablet, mobile, laptop, etc.) for work purposes. The ubiquitous Internet of Things has greatly increased our capacity for productivity and enabled things like remote working. However, the downside is that each of these devices is both a threat and an asset to your network and business. Don't ignore the risk, so investigate endpoint security tools to monitor all of those devices.
- Automate your backups.
- Make automatic data backups something that runs in the background, always keeping your systems up-to-date. That means when accidents inevitably happen or downtime occurs, you won't be worried about resuming your normal operations. That's one less thing to worry about, so you can keep innovating and meeting your business goals!