Is your business cyber security protection up to scratch? 43% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses according to Mike Ianiri from communications and IT support company Redsquid.  It is paramount that SMEs evaluate their level of cyber security protection and seek to make improvements wherever possible.

SME companies are an easy target for hackers.  With so many aspects of the business to deliver on, staff can be stretched within a variety of job roles and in doing so, IT and in particular cyber security protection can become overlooked, especially where IT and technical knowledge is not their primary profession.

Administering the right cyber security protection

Training staff on cyber security protection should be the first step in setting up cyber security strategy.  The most basic of methods will help to eliminate any unscrupulous practice and give them the right tools to be vigilant against cyber crime.  By covering the following aspects you will begin to lock down vulnerabilities and reduce the impact of a cyber attack on your business:

  1. Password protect all computers and update regularly by using a password that is a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
  2. Ensure that all computers are virus protected and run a quarterly scan on IT devices.
  3. Double check that computer’s firewall is activated.
  4. Malware can piggy back on your computer by downloading through browsers and files. Malware will slow down your device and even track your movements or search for passwords without you knowing that it is in operation.  Install Malware protection to help to keep your computer clean.
  5. Regularly run and accept your windows updates. Microsoft send out updates to patch and protect computers. It is important that you allow Microsoft to update individual machines.
  6. Update your Windows operating system to Windows 10. As from 14th January 2020, Windows 7 will no longer be supported, this means that your computer could be left vulnerable.  Updating the operating system and computer hardware will enable staff to benefit from both levels of in-built protection.
  7. Protect your computer network by using your own password and not the providers default. Use multi-function authentication (MFA) which will make it harder for unauthorized users to access your network.

Knowing where to look and how to evaluate your cyber security methods is key to combating against cyber crime and creating a successfully protected business.  Here at Crendon Insurance Ltd we offer a bespoke cyber security protection service through our cyber security protection insurance.  To find out how we can navigate you through a cyber security risk assessment and implement the right strategy to improve your business cyber security and reduce the impact of a cyber attack, please contact our team.

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