Cybercrime costs UK businesses an estimated £30 billion every year. That’s not a statistic any business wants to see.
It’s an increasingly worrying issue for any modern business. Thankfully, there are some simple steps one can take to protect their organisations and reduce any devastating or long-term impact.
Here are some guidelines your organisation should follow:
Understand the Current Climate
The current climate is continuously changing, posing newer threats by the day.
Understanding all the different threats out there is crucial to keeping your business well prepared and protected.
Completing a cyber security audit will help diagnose any issues with your current security, as well as identify any potential threats specific to your business.
Knowing your current situation will help you figure out where your security measures stand against the most prominent threats, thus guiding you in the right direction.
It’s important to stay up to date – knowing what the attacker is up to puts you in an advantageous position.
Cyber Security is an Absolute Priority
Make sure you place cyber security as an absolute priority. The best way to do this is by creating a security conscious culture within the workplace.
Make it a priority to educate your employees and your external contacts on your risk management policies, and what measures you’re implementing against any potential attacks. It’s your responsibility to address anyone who doesn’t understand or comply with something.
Creating a security conscious atmosphere will ideally result in well informed employees who don’t make any poorly judged decisions, or who think twice about being reckless with their portable devices and privileges.
Your employees are a key part of your security, and can be one of the main reasons your organisation becomes vulnerable to attack.
Implementing strict password polices and 2-factor authentication can aid in the way of human error, making it harder for anyone to cause a security breach both internally and externally.
Your Organisation Isn’t Immune
This is a key fact to remember…
Your organisation is NOT immune to cybercrime.
Don’t make the mistake of waiting for a sign of attack. Instead, prepare in advance under the mind-set that you most definitely will be attacked.
Ask yourself some important questions regarding response and recovery time, and which aspects of the company could be worst affected from a cyber-attack. Preparing for every possible outcome will put you in a far better position than staying idle.
Put a plan in place for every possible outcome you can factor in. While an actual cyber-attack may not cause as much actual damage as your worst case scenario would imply, your preparation will help you avoid any overly devastating consequences.
Your response time is just as important as your recovery time – if your company remains in a period of downtime for too long, it can have a hugely detrimental effect long term (including your business having to completely shut down).
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