What is Cyber Security?
Rising cases of hacking and cybercrime mean it has become a sizeable challenge for small and medium -sized businesses (SMBs) to protect themselves from online attackers. Cyber security protects your business against this growing threat and stops you from becoming a victim of attacks such as phishing, malware, hacking, and viruses.
When a cyber-attack takes place, the main risk to organisations is the leakage of personal and sensitive information to unauthorised parties. Resulting in the core functioning of devices and services threatened.
Last year, 43% of UK businesses suffered a cyber security attack*
According to the National Cyber Security Centre
What can you do to reduce the threats?
With countless solutions on offer to tackle a multitude of malware, it can be a terrifying challenge deciding which solutions to implement into an organisation. As a benchmark, IT Foundations recommend all businesses have the following 4 practices in place:
How else can IT Foundations help your business?
IT Foundations offer start to finish security support for all systems within an organisation. Specialists work with your hardware and software. Beginning with an initial cyber security risk assessment of current practices through to implementing new measures and tracking success.
The team at IT Foundations will take the time to understand your business fully, and identify the unique security needs. Allowing us to choose the best products and software systems to apply in each case.
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Back to basics with Cyber Security:
In the simplest form, a backup means making a copy of the files stored on your devices, and any backup is better than none. However, not all methods can guarantee the same guarantee of data protection. The experts at IT Foundations recommend using the ‘3-2-1 Rule’.
Malware is a type of software or content from the web that can threaten an organisation in many ways – the most well-known type of malware are viruses – which infect and copy software on devices.
Anti-virus software should be downloaded and installed on devices to detect, prevent and eliminate any viruses picked up from the web.
It may be tempting to keep clicking the “install later” “remind me tonight” options when a software update is prompted to us on screens but delaying it too long can hinder the safety of your devices. New versions of malware are created every day around the world, which require new versions of anti-virus and software updates to fight-off.
Not updating regularly puts the device at higher risk of contraction and at some stage the updates will no longer be available, and a new software or device will be required to regain security for an organisation.
When updates are no longer available, it is known as ‘end of supported life’ and it is not uncommon. Take the recent example of Microsoft and the end of life decision for Windows 7.
A firewall acts as a filter that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic, blocking any traffic that breaches security rules. The security measure can be in the form of hardware, software or both, and is commonly included with popular operating systems today. One of the easier methods to implement.