You may have spotted a number of blogs and social media posts on cyber security this week – why? It’s Cyber Security Awareness Week of course!
That said, if you have been reading up on cyber security and how to protect your business from threats, then you will know that there are no quick fixes.
Learn more below about what your business should be doing once this week is over.
Prepare for the worst
Many businesses assume that their organisation isn’t attractive to hackers, but you are wrong. Last year it was revealed that almost half of all UK businesses suffered a cyber attack or security breach.
The Cyber Security Breaches Survey published in 2018 found 19% of charities and 43% of businesses had reported cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months.
Your business could be next, so make sure you are putting precautions into place!
Make a checklist
The best way to ensure that your business has ticked all the boxes is by making a list. There are a number of elements your business can improve with regards to cyber security. For example, have you checked if your devices and software are up to date? Does your business know how to stay protected from viruses and other malware?
You can find a cyber security checklist on the National Cyber Security Centre’s website.
Making a password change once Cyber Security Awareness week is over isn’t a bad idea.
This may seem like a basic tip, but when was the last time you changed your passwords? Using the same password for all your accounts is just not safe. The National Cyber Security Centre recommends that you “create passwords using three random words. You just put them together, like ‘coffeetrainfish’ or ‘walltinshirt’”.
Look into Cyber Essentials certification
If your business is working with the public sector, it may be worth your while to invest in Cyber Essentials as some Government contracts require Cyber Essentials certification.
The public sector recognises this certification as it protects businesses from 80% of all cyber threats, which in turn helps to protect its supply chain. Not only will this protect your business from potential cyber threats but it promotes your business as cyber secure.
The scheme summary for Cyber Essentials is available for download here.
If you would like to purchase Cyber Essentials certification from us, you will receive £50 off during Cyber Security Awareness week using the code: Cyberaware50.