Want to keep your business safe online? Here’s how

Posted on 10/02/2020

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This year’s Safer Internet Day is taking place on Tuesday 11th February 2020. Organised annually by the UK Safer Internet Centre, this important initiative promotes the safer use of digital technology for all. We’ve shared five steps you can follow to maximise the safety of your business online.

Taking steps to keep your business safe online is critical, whether you’re a one-man start up or a large enterprise. However, with cyber threats increasing every day, this can seem a daunting task for any size organisation.

We’ve shared five key steps you can follow today to keep your business safe online.

 

1. Implement multi-factor authentication

A shocking 80% of hacking-related cyber breaches are caused by weak or stolen passwords, making your employees’ login credentials one of the biggest weaknesses to your organisation’s digital security.

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is the process of requiring two or more steps to allow access to an account. The basic elements are knowledge (a password or pin), inherence (a biometric e.g. fingerprint), and possession (a device) – and it can be enabled on pretty much any account you have.

By requiring additional login steps that go beyond a simple password, MFA is a quick and easy way to strengthen your digital security, making it one step harder for hackers to access your accounts.

Read our recent blog to discover further benefits of MFA.

 

2. Keep your software up to date

Software updates contain patches that protect against newly developed vulnerabilities and threats. Regardless of what type of device you’re using, it’s critical to install updates as soon as you’re prompted to do so, and to ensure your whole team does the same. This includes updates to your operating system, whether that’s Windows or Mac, as well as applications like Adobe or Sage.

By ignoring updates, and therefore not running the latest versions of software, you’re leaving your business unprotected against the latest threats, giving hackers or malicious users an open door to your accounts and network.

 

3. Educate your employees

With more than 90% of breaches caused by human error, educating your end users on how to stay safe online is one of the most important factors in any cyber security strategy.

Cyber security training will keep employees informed with the latest threats, and how they can recognise and effectively respond to potential attacks or breaches, minimising the risk of a potential incident.

In fact, research has found that end users are 70% less likely to fall for a phishing scam after 12 months of training. You can even put your employees to the test by conducting a phishing simulation to find out how your users would respond to an attack and identify any vulnerabilities that need addressing.

 

4. Manage incidents correctly and efficiently

If a breach does occur, responding quickly and managing the incident effectively is critical to getting your systems back up and running as quickly as possible and preventing further attacks of the same kind. Cyber incident response services will manage that process for you, proactively working to protect your systems and minimise risk.

 

5. Partner with a Managed Security Service Provider

Ultimately, the most effective way to safeguard your organisation from threats – both online and offline – is by partnering with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), such as Air Sec.

Our Managed Cyber Security Services provide advanced protection against internal and external threats, reducing the risk of security incidents and providing peace of mind that your operations are secure and resilient.

 

Maximise protection of your business

If you’d like to find out more about Air Sec’s services and how we can help maximise protection for your business, please contact us today to speak to a specialist.

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