Reduce the threat of a cyber attack with these 5 steps.

What would happen if your business data became compromised? How would your business cope? In today’s digital age, the threat is very real. We are seeing an increase in the number of businesses contacting us following a security breach. While we are always on hand to assist, there are a number of steps you can take to help prevent the attack in the first place.

1. Don’t ignore software updates.

It easy to ignore software updates when they pop up on our electronic devices, but aside from providing us with new software features, they are also installing the latest advances against security threats. Similarly, if there is software you’re no longer using delete it. Old, unused software can be used as a gateway for hackers to access your computer network.

Regularly patching your firewall will help to keep your business data safe and up to date.

2. Encrypt your hard drive

All PC’s, databases and servers should be encrypted. It instantly creates a barrier which keeps your sensitive information and data safe from hackers. Password protected data is also available to accompany encryption; it’s best to enable this for that extra security element.

Most computers have built-in software to encrypt your files. They can be called different things, so check with your service provider if you’re unsure of yours. Windows typically have BitLocker provided by Microsoft.

3. Back everything up.

Implementing a robust backup storage system means you will still have access to files which have been compromised. These days the majority of laptops and computers come with recovery devices and systems – make use of them! For an additional layer of security, ensure that you back your network up regularly to tape or the cloud.

While you may be using some form of storage to back-up your business data, employees still tend to store documents locally – especially working documents, or documents they need to access outside of the office. These ‘live’ documents can often be the most valuable, so make sure your employees get into the habit of tidying up their desktop and storing documents securely, which brings us onto our next point…

4. Educate Staff 

More often then not a data security breach is caused by employee error. Cyber criminals are becoming more advanced in their tactics, and unless you provide adequate training for your staff and enforce a data security policy, you’re leaving your company wide open to an attack. Opening a simple email with an infected link can be all it takes to infiltrate an entire network.

Educate them on the telltale signs of a phishing scam, the use of strong passwords, the dangers public Wi-Fi and protecting personal devices connected to the company network. This will all go a long way to ensuring your network remains secure.

5. Invest in reliable security software

Investing in a robust, high-end security system is a no brainer when is comes to protecting your business data. There are many providers on the market, at Arden Group we work alongside the award winning company ESET – best known for their complete business security solutions, including Endpoint anti-virus protection and DESlock+ encryption software.

Features include:

– Antivirus and antispyware protection
– Device control. Keep offline devices under control
– Anti-phishing
– Exploit blocker. Prevent targeted attacks
– Advanced Memory Scanner

ESET are a leading security solution provider for companies of all sizes, home users and mobile phone users. With 22 years of experience, they currently protect over 100 million users and have a presence in more than 180 countries worldwide.

As an industry leading managed services provider, we provide complete online security solutions to companies of all sizes. From anti-virus software to encryption, backup, disaster recovery solutions, firewalls and filtering. What’s more, our years of experience and ongoing marketing knowledge means that we can keep you informed of the latest security threats and online dangers, leaving you to focus on the day-to-day operations of your business.

Don’t risk your data falling into the wrong hands. Make security a priority.

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