The single best way you can help stop cybercrime affecting your businesscreative44
Cybercrime is a serious problem for businesses in the UK.
It’s suggested 16.5 million people – in the UK alone – fell victim to cybercrime in the last year.
That’s according to the Norton LifeLock Cyber Safety Insight Report for 2019.
It’s shocking, isn’t it?
In fact, it’s estimated around a quarter of the UK population have been victims of cybercrime.
What’s more, it’s thought financial losses incurred as a result of these attacks are around the £1.4 billion mark.
Obviously, as a business, you want to avoid any form of cyberattack, whether it’s being hacked, phished or spammed – especially when the financial implications could be so devastating.
To do that, it’s important you have a number of systems and checks in place and that you regularly communicate the importance of online safety to all of your staff.
But right now, there’s one very simple thing you can do to start reducing your exposure to a potential attack.
Don’t underestimate the power of a strong password
It seems like such a small thing…
But it can make all the difference.
A strong password simply makes it harder for hackers to get access.
A weak one makes it easy.
Trouble is, remembering difficult passwords can be a bother for most people so they tend to stick to something they know.
What’s worse, people use this same simple password across numerous devices.
Here lies the problem:
If those in your business are using the same password to log into their computer at work as they are to log into their personal banking, you’re massively increasing the risk of being hacked.
So, to give your business the best chance, you should encourage everyone to a) use a strong password featuring random letters and numbers and b) encourage people to use a unique password for accessing work computers.
That’s the most important thing you can do today, but there are some other things you can do to help protect your business.
Keep work and life separate
You should encourage those in your business to keep their private use of the internet separate.
Social media platforms – where it’s quite normal to share personal details about yourself – are particularly prone to abuse from cyber criminals.
If someone can find a few seemingly innocuous details out about a person on their Twitter account – say their pet’s name or their old school – they’ve potentially got the answer for two security questions.
This is why it’s worth thinking about how much you allow people in your business to access the internet for personal reasons on work computers.
Of course, in a world where most people expect unmonitored access to the web at all times, it’s difficult to restrict access like this.
But if you are open and transparent with staff and explain they can still access the internet through personal devices and can still surf the web (providing they don’t enter any personal details) they should understand.
After all, in the modern era, where a quarter of the population are victim to cybercrime, the risk of not having a policy in place is simply too high.
Stay up to date with software
No one wants to be the victim of cybercrime…
And equally, the people who provide the software you use don’t want to be seen as the cause.
That’s why many companies out there are constantly working to improve their software against the threat of cybercrime.
And this is why you’ll often see them updating their software and requesting you do the same on your machines.
As soon as possible, you should always update software when prompted as the new version could contain a fix that will help protect you against cybercrime.
Of course, staying up to date can be a pain, especially if you’ve got a large number of computers in your business.
But that’s just one of the ways we can help you here at Protech Comms.
As well as helping to keep all of your software (and hardware) up to date, we can provide much more active support in helping to prevent cyberattacks.
We’ll work with your team to put in place systems, checks and thorough training to raise awareness…
And we’ll make sure all of your IT systems, networks, computers and mobile devices are as secure as possible.
So, if you’re concerned your business might be vulnerable or risk and you want to discuss how we could help you protect yourself against a cyberattack…
Don’t hesitate to get in touch: