Proactive management of cyber risk in your business is the best insurance of all. There are some simple steps you can take to mitigate cyber loss. Our toolbox below provides some tips to proactively manage these risks.
Run a mock data loss exercise and talk with an IT professional about performing a vulnerability test.
Upskill staff on managing cyber risk. Your staff are your best line of defence but can also be your weakest link.
Data recovery is just as important as data backup. Have a plan so you can use your data once you recover it from backup.
Update your devices and your virus protection software. Out of date software is like leaving your house unlocked.
Use complex passwords, like a sentence with a mix of numbers and characters.
All businesses, whether large or small, face increasing volumes of hacking attempts, malware, and other targeted attacks. In addition to malicious attempts, there is also risk from simple human error or hardware failure - for example an employee accidentally emailing confidential information, or a power surge causing damage to crucial data. Know your risks in advance and take steps to manage them.
To ensure all devices and computers meet a strong password protection level you should:
Backing up your data is only worthwhile if your business can recover and use it. To ensure your business is up and running as quickly as possible:
Limit the volume of cyber security weak spots that connected devices represent by:
Surprisingly lots of businesses have open Wi-Fi networks. While that's great for both staff and customers, it provides an opportunity for hackers to access your information. To protect your business and data:
Everyone within your business is responsible for protecting the integrity and security of your business and customer information. They should be familiar with your cyber security policies, processes, and training requirements.
Most businesses have a disaster recovery plan in place for physical losses caused by fire and other events. These are now being adapted for the very real risk to technology and data. It is important to:
This advice given is a guide only and is not intended to be specific advice for every business. It is not an exhaustive list of the steps you should consider to reduce the risk of damage and loss. Every industry and business is different, each of which will have its own specific risks.