Cybersecurity – Top tips to protect your business

Published: 04 / 10 / 20

With October being Cyber Security Awareness Month, there is no better time to talk about the measures we’d advise you have in place to protect your business. Scarily, Riskbased reported that in the first half of 2019, data breaches exposed 4.1 billion records. Protective measures can be anything from installing anti-virus software for a single user organisation, to having a full disaster recovery plan in place for a multi-user organisation. Of course, requirements will vary according to the size of your business.

We’ve put together our recommendations for cybersecurity protection for business sizes from a single user to between three and five users, five to twenty-five users, and over twenty-five users. Take a look at what protection we’d recommend and which providers we trust.

Single User

We recommend an anti-virus software subscription (paid – free is not sufficient) – ESET or Webroot are great solutions.

When out and about use 4g instead of public Wi-Fi – public Wi-Fi is not secure.

When it comes to passwords, follow the toothbrush rule (pick a good one, change it regularly, don’t share it) – use a password manager such as Dashlane or LastPass if you have multiple passwords to store.

Three to five users

All of the above plus:

Invest in cyber security training for staff.

Ensure that any data sharing is secured, especially if you are sharing to external companies.

Invest in antivirus management and reporting.

Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all online services.

Five to twenty-five users

All of the above plus:

Now is the time to invest in IT support – this will ensure you are getting the right advice and have experts on hand when required.

Invest in a decent firewall for your internet traffic – WatchGuard firewalls provide great protection.

Look at limiting web access – for example, sites that your staff can view and file types that can be downloaded.

Invest in decent spam filtering – this will weed out phishing /malicious emails – Microsoft 365 Threat Protection can be bolted on to your Microsoft 365 subscription.

We’d recommend remote monitoring and management by an IT company to monitor your devices for suspicious activity.

Ensure your remote working policy is up to date and secure.

Have in place a disaster recovery plan – to protect against the worst-case scenario.

Twenty-five users and above

All of the above plus:

Look at high availability for your firewall system – if a system fails, it will ensure that you maintain protection of your network – your network will switch to a backup firewall automatically.

Invest in the top tier firewall protection subscription – always go for the best protection subscription as it protects against threats that aren’t already established – real-time virus scanning will protect against newly emerging threats.

Invest in weekly/monthly cybersecurity training software to flag up any weak points within your organisation – staff may need upskilling in cybersecurity.

We hope this has helped clarify what cybersecurity measures you should have in place relative to the size of your organisation. We are always happy to have a personal chat about your requirements. Just give us a call!

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