In a world that is driven by technology, it is critical that the infrastructure of any business is secure and supported by backups. With hack threats and security breaches ruining business reputations, it is important that you make your business as hack proof as possible.
Within your organisation it’s important to control, monitor and enforce web policies. Doing this will empower employees to take responsibilities on what is viewed in the work place. Web protection is another essential layer of security, providing a window into controlling, monitoring, and enforcing client web policies through a single front end.
Features such as website URL filters will provide an automated back-up resource to safeguard against potential online risks.
Layer your security
It is important to layer security to ensure that it provides the necessary level of secure defence. Layered security isn’t something new, it’s been floating around the IT world for years but choosing the correct layers, of course, is paramount to the success. Think of defence in depth as being risk mitigation constructs applying multiple layers of control across the length and breadth of your IT environment, and you will pretty much be on the money.
No matter how much security and preparation you put into your business, you cannot guarantee a security breach will not occur, but this will slow down the hackers and help protect your organisation against the possibility of attacks. Investing in a layered approach takes time but is definitely worth the protection it can offer in the long term.
Update your software
Hackers frequently rely on people and businesses running outdated software with known weaknesses, which can be exploited to get onto your system. It can significantly decrease the potential for attacks if you make a practice of updating your software often. Enable automatic updates if you can, or go directly to the software vendor’s website, as malware authors like to disguise their creations as software update notifications too.
Back up your data
The single biggest thing that will defeat ransomware is having a regularly updated backup. If you are attacked you may lose that document you started earlier this morning, but if you can restore your system to an earlier snapshot or clean up your machine and restore your other lost documents from backup, you can rest easy. A regular backup regimen, to an external drive or backup service can be a saving grace.
All too often business revenue’s come first and can incidentally mean the importance of a secure system is overlooked. Your customers want to be sure they are working with businesses that are secure and won’t put any threat to their own business. Make sure your organisation is prepared for any potential cyber hack.
Fortunately, Square 1 Products have recently been working with a number of communities on a new Government initiative called Cyber Essentials. Cyber Essentials is an opportunity for your IT infrastructure to be securely tested from outside penetration, with incentives in place for upgrading IT hardware where it has been identified it is most urgently needed.