As much as we love technology, it’s impossible to ignore the risks it presents. Cyber security companies are growing in number each year because of the increase in global cyber attacks – from small business right up to Fortune 500 companies.
Fortunately you can take proactive steps to protect your network, your devices and your information from hackers and scammers.
The most important thing is to be highly aware of your online activities. Be mindful of clicking anything which looks suspicious – whether it be a link in an email, an app on your phone or device, or a website offering a free download.
Of course if you’re a business, you may want to consider going with a managed firewall solution. This will offer you the best front-line defense against would-be IT criminals and save you the hassle of having to look after this function with your existing staff.
If you don’t already have anti-virus and firewall software installed on all your devices, you’d best make that a priority too.
Education is also critical. The latest information on cyber security from the FBI indicates over 70% of all data breaches occur from within the organization – known as “insider threat“. Make sure your staff understand the implications of sharing their login credentials. Do “test runs” to see which employees & contractors click on potentially malicious emails. Study the results & if necessary, seek help from an outside organization to implement the necessary changes for your organization.
Depending on the size of your business, you may need to introduce frequent IT audits. These will help test the strength and effectiveness of your cyber security solutions, from software to hardware and people. While these exercises can be costly in terms of both money and time, any investment you’ll make will shadow in comparison to the money and time you’d lose in the event of a security breach!
It would be a great idea to also read the latest findings of leading cyber security businesses, for example antivirus software companies. Study the trends to understand where you may need to focus your attention as a business, to pre-empt cyber attacks before they happen.
Lastly, don’t shy away from reaching out to a managed security services company. Unless your business is “IT security” it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever achieve the same level of cyber defense that a professional cyber security company can offer – and in the long term you’ll end up saving money (in most cases). And of course, you’ll be able to focus on the main service offerings of your company, without being distracted by technology.