Companies globally are scrapping around to ensure their cyber security protection is adequate in the wake of countless attacks on businesses of all sizes. The key problem is that many decision makers at companies don’t actually know what they need to protect themselves because they don’t understand the threat or how to deal with it. This probably has something to do with the fact that a lot of cyber terminology is pretty difficult to understand.
Here is a ten step guide to protecting yourself from the cyber threat:
Networks are key in the spreading of malicious software. Interconnectivity is, of course, a huge benefit for a hacker, and making sure you have your network locked down protects you against both internal and external attacks from spreading.
Malware – or malicious software – is specifically designed to damage computers upon gaining unauthorised access. Having basic malware protection in place can prevent this initial break in and broadly protects the devices.
Protective monitoring is essential for tracking unusual activity. Keeping close surveillance on all systems and networks enables you to spot the early warning signs of an intrusion. Keeping logs is also essential.
Should the worst happen, it’s vital for your business that you’re adequately prepared for a disaster recovery scenarios. Produce and test incident management plans and provide training where necessary.
You only have to look back a couple of months to see why this is important. The WannaCry attack, which hit systems across the world including the UK’s National Health Service, exploited a vulnerability that had been patched – it was only systems that didn’t have the update installed that suffered the attack.
Ensure user privileges are monitored and restricted where appropriate. This will help protect against insider threats and help monitor user activity across the network.
Create a policy where all external memory devices are checked before being imported on to a corporate system. This is one of the easiest ways to get malicious software on to a system.
Home and Mobile Working
In the modern day, more and more people are taking their work with them on the road, including into their own homes. This could potentially be dangerous as home security is unlikely to be as secure as even the most basic workplace provision. Scan your home PC regularly and make sure that the IT team at your office have updated the security provisions on any work devices you might take home with you.
User Education and Awareness
It’s important to keep all employees or users of the corporate network alert about the latest threats. For example, if there is currently an email phishing scam circulating, make employees aware that they should be wary. It sounds simple but it can be very effective in reducing incidents of attack.
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