Cyber security is an ongoing concern for many business owners. Cyber attacks can cause havoc upon your business with not only the leakage of confidential information but lost productivity in restoring affected systems.
Most businesses hold valuable information electronically that can be easily compromised by hackers.
Although, cyber attacks cannot be completely avoided, there are ways to minimise your risk.
- Identify the risks and train staff accordingly. Employees need to be alert to the warning signs of an attack and the consequences that can result. Consider electing staff members to create a crisis management team and train them how to respond to a data breach.
- Ensure software such as anti-virus, anti-phishing, anti-spyware and intrusion prevention software and systems are consistently up-to-date to protect your data.
- Introduce cyber-security policies and procedures to your staff. Make sure passwords are complex and do not include information that could be easily guessed such as names and date of birth. Employees should be reminded not to open unknown or suspicious emails, and be aware of entering confidential information on non-secure websites.