Over half a million devices were infected with ransomware throughout 2016. What’s more, with global ransomware damage costs predicted to exceed £3.5billion in 2017 and with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being introduced in May 2018, fortifying your workplace cyber security has never been more important.
These top 10 recommendations will help you to take steps to protect your firm against the ever-increasing threat of cyber crime.
Keep up to date with password best practices
The US Government official who wrote the ‘bible’ on password security for the Department of Defence in 2003 admitted in 2017 that his writings from 14 years ago are no longer relevant today. With cyber criminals able to use ‘brute force’ attacks in the modern age, passwords such as ‘D3ceMbeR’ can be cracked within minutes, whereas a string of words such as ‘Bigballgreengrass’ would take millions of years for the same bot to guess. This change highlights the importance of keeping up-to-date with the latest in cyber security to ensure that your business is properly protected.
Train the workforce regularly
Many cases of cyber crime arise due to human error. By training staff properly and keeping users updated on the latest in cyber security, it is possible mitigate risk and protect the business.
Patch, Patch, Patch!
Software developers often bring out patches which can help protect your business against the newest developments in malware and hacking techniques. A good way to do this is by turning on automatic updates so that you don’t have to manually update your system. The recent WannaCrypt attack on the NHS highlighted the importance of patching as the attack was preventable. If the correct patch was installed, the malware would not have been able to spread.
Back up regularly
It is important to back up your data regularly to removable disks to keep your data safe and secure. With the introduction of cloud services, this is easier than ever as they can be automated.
Stay aware of phishing scams
With 90% of cyber-attacks originating from email phishing scams, it is vital that you ensure your staff are extra-vigilant when responding to emails. Is the request marked as ‘urgent’? Oftentimes hackers will trick staff into transferring large sums of money as they think it is an urgent request from a senior member of staff. Remember to always check the sender.
Install sophisticated anti-virus software
Business class anti-virus software is essential to any business. This can stop an attack from a virus at the initial stages, disabling any potential threat to the business from spreading.
Install anti-spam software
It takes an average of 5 minutes for an email attack to infect a business network. With an anti-spam software, it is possible to prevent these types of emails reaching the work-force and wreaking havoc within the network.
With the increased prevalence of cyber-attacks – especially in smaller businesses who do not have the proper systems in place – it is more important than ever to be insured against these types of attacks.
QPI can offer quality insurance to your business to ensure that you are covered from these potential breaches.
Be safe. Be secure. Get insured.
For more information, call QPI on 01604 712222 or visit www.qpilegal.co.uk