How can I protect my business from cybercriminals?

Written by Anna on April 9 2015

IT security tips

The threats posed by the World Wide Web are constant, and very real. Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing criminalities of our time and those behind the attacks are working hard to threaten, wreak havoc and ultimately make money out of their victims. According to Computing magazine, cybercrime in the UK costs businesses around £3 Million a year. That’s the sort of risk you want to protect yourself from…but how?

Well there are a few tips we can give you on how to avoid an attack, but ultimately you need protection.

Security tips

Our top security tip is to deploy a good anti-virus software from a reputable supplier, and keep it updated. Failure to run patches will leave your systems vulnerable. Use your IT partner to install and maintain a fully managed AV system. This will take the pressure off you and give you peace of mind that you’re always protected.

Backup! This is one of the most critical systems you can have in place to protect yourself. A good backup solution will ensure that if the worst happens, and you do fall foul of a cyber-attack, you can get your business back up and running again with minimal downtime or loss of earnings. A remote online backup solution is best practice, keeping your data replicated in a secure datacentre, away from your main place of business with a multi-layered line of defence and multiple failovers.

Practical steps you can take to protect your business

So, those tips we mentioned. What practical steps can you take to help keep your business protected?

Be careful what you click on. Even the best defence systems will fail if you open the door and let the hackers in. Make sure attachments, links or downloads are from reputable sources and be wary of them.

Keep your passwords secure – alphanumeric, at least 14 characters and changed regularly. DO NOT share or write them down and use different passwords for each system to avoid a mass breach if your password is compromised.

Beware the USB drive! Don’t use drives from unknown sources. An infected drive will infect your systems. Always use encryption if you’re using USB drives for sensitive data management.

Install a good firewall and keep it turned on. A firewall is a protective barrier between you and the internet. Turning it off even for a few minutes puts you at risk.

If you suspect that you have become infected or affected by a hacking attack, contact your IT partner for help immediately.

We can help. Get in touch with us for support protecting your business or read about how to spot a computer virus.