Cyber Security – ACT NOW!

Published: 10 / 08 / 20

As we mentioned in our previous news article, with more workforces based remotely and set to be so for the foreseeable future, there is a new cyber security risk on the horizon. Your organisation may well have a cyber security policy relevant to ‘normal’ times when staff were all based predominantly in one location, but have you updated that for your new, remote working set up? Most importantly, has this been relayed to your staff and are they following it? Shockingly, nearly half of businesses, 46%, reported a security breach in the last 12 months. You really don’t want to be part of this statistic!

The risk grows the bigger your business, with 68% of medium size businesses reporting cyber breaches and a really shocking 75% of large businesses reporting cyber breaches or attacks. The nature of these attacks has also changed since 2017, with a rise in phishing type attacks and a decrease in malware and virus attacks. Are your staff armed against phishing attacks? Of course, these attacks come at a financial cost, for small businesses the average cost being £3,230, and medium to larger businesses on average £5,220. With finances stretched due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this kind of extra cost is unwelcome and easily prevented.

It’s easy to throw the term ‘cyber security’ around, but what does it actually mean and what measures should you have in place to protect your valuable assets?

Anti-virus

In simple terms anti-virus software studies the data coming over your network to your devices. It searches for known threats and monitors the behaviour of all programs, flagging any suspicious activity. A virus follows a similar mode of attack to a virus that we, as humans, can catch, spreading to its prey (your computer), replicating and spreading malicious code and programmes that are designed to damage and infiltrate your operating systems. Speak to us about which anti-virus software would suit your business best.

Firewall

Your firewall is essentially a barrier between your internal network and external networks such as the internet. It is there to protect against infiltrations, constant attempted access to your system, and hackers. Traffic enters a computer via ports, and IP addresses, your firewall will only let authorised and trusted sources enter these. For example, you may have a VoIP phone system protected by a username and password. This is accessible by the internet, but a firewall can be used to prevent hackers from attempting to infiltrate the system more that 10 times and hour.

Web filtering by your router

Web filtering is useful if you have family members using your devices, for example, children. But it also enables you to block dangerous or suspicious websites, preventing your business users from unwittingly putting you at risk of cyber-attack or breach. Another useful function is the ability to set a schedule for when each user is permitted on certain, or all sites, useful for children who shouldn’t be watching YouTube during homework hours! One of our experts can advise on how to get the best out of web filtering for business and home use.

Speak to an expert!

Whether you have these measures in place or have been putting off reviewing your business’ cyber security, we can help you, first by reviewing your business needs and then recommending the optimum solutions for protecting your valuable cyber assets. To have a friendly, informal chat with one of our expert team, call: 02380 022099.

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