The Biggest Threat to Your Business in 2019
Do you know that the biggest threat to your business security isn’t from an external hacker but it could be Jenny from accounts, or Dave from HR or even Sally from Reception. You might spend a significant amount of time thinking about your business’s IT security practices, but the same can’t always be said for your employees. Unless you give them a reason to care about security, it just won’t be top of their agenda. The lack of knowledge and awareness could eventually become serious problems that could, at its most dangerous, expose your business to threats that could put your employees and your clients in danger.
S9 Tech is proud that our team are at the forefront of the latest in cyber security. But that is because it is our business to protect yours. In the day to day running of organisations – from start-ups to those with multi-million pound turnovers, IT security can very quickly slip down the priority list. That’s normal – you have a business to run and to grow. But that’s why businesses trust us to stay in the know – so they don’t have to.
If you haven’t yet instructed an IT support partner to guide you through, then we’ve put together our top ten tips for cyber security best practice to share with your staff to help protect your business.
- Use the company’s network to store files:
Always store your organisation’s data on an in-house network. This is because any files stored locally on your desktop might not get backed up. Do not use personal cloud accounts, like Google Drive or Dropbox, to save or share company-owned documents. Check with your IT support which network or secure cloud will suit your requirements as well as essential network security practices.
- Don’t connect unknown devices to your work PC:
This is especially important for small devices like USB drives. You never know what could be on them.
- Adhere to password best practices:
Keep your passwords strong and complex, avoid obvious dates/ family names and never use the same password more than once. Ask your IT support about functions in your software which will remove the headache of forgotten passwords and automate this process.
- Don’t download or install applications without approval:
If you download an app without permission from IT or a network professional, you could cause problems for other employees. Always ask for permission before downloading or installing software.
- Never leave your workstation unlocked and unattended:
Always lock your computer using the Windows Key + L shortcut before stepping away from it, even if only for a moment.
- Don’t respond to suspicious or unsolicited emails:
If you receive a message that has an unknown or unfamiliar sender, it could contain malicious ransomware or other nasty threats. Be sure to notify your IT Support immediately so that they can investigate the issue. Be especially cautious around unsolicited proposals, invoices or resumes.
- Think twice before clicking:
If you’ve received a link in any correspondence, you should avoid clicking on it until you’re sure it’s from a trusted source. Links can often be considered cyber threats, especially those that are in spam messages.
- Don’t accept support from unexpected callers:
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft support – or other well-known companies – just hang up. These callers are often fraudsters hoping to remote into your PC and access company information. You should be familiar with your IT support professionals.
- Get approval for mobile devices from your manager:
Don’t use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop for work purposes until you’ve been granted approval. This is to keep company data as secure as possible.
- Report issues as soon as they appear:
If you experience something that seems troublesome, report the issue to your IT support immediately. Proactive awareness is the best way to prevent downtime, and loss of productivity.
Keeping the business secure isn’t just your responsibility – everyone should be involved in the process. S9 Tech takes cyber security extremely seriously and our most recent Cyber Essentials accreditation insists that we meet all of the very latest defence techniques and practices. To learn more about how to secure your business, or with assistance in achieving your cyber security accreditations required by your own clients, call us today.