In this blog post, we are going to be taking it back to the basics. Cyber security basics. That’s really where it all starts, right? A lot of time is spent on staying protected from the newest type of scam or the newest cybercrimes (which is necessary), but as is true with many things, remembering the basics is the entire foundation of making sure you, your company and your clients remain safe.
Everyone in the company or organization should know basic security principles. Security principles and policies should be documented and part of every new employee training. Strong password requirements, only connecting remotely over VPN and Internet usage guidelines are examples of some common security policy items. Strict penalties for violating the security policies should be detailed.
It’s not a good habit to save files directly onto your computer if there is a location on the network or on your server that the files can be saved to. They’re much less likely to be backed up on your computer, whereas they’ll reliably and regularly be backed up if they are saved on the server. Additionally, if you use websites or software that do not require regular password changes, set a calendar reminder to change the password yourself every other month.
Another basic cyber security principle is making sure to keep your software up-to-date. As a managed service provider, we can’t emphasize it enough the importance of keeping up with your software updates. It’s easy to push them off till the next day, and then it turns into weeks, maybe even months before making the actual update. Meanwhile, you don’t want to miss out on any type of security enhancement that can help keep your computer system and other devices safe from cybercriminals. If you don’t make these updates, it will leave you open to vulnerabilities and this is exactly what hackers are looking for. To stay on top of updates, try setting yourself automatic reminders to help you stay on track.
Lastly, an additional cyber security principle that is handy is backing up your data. Data backups can be basic. You can use a cloud-based system or a device such as an external hard drive for a data backup. If your business were to be a victim of a cyber attack, the loss of data can be extremely harmful to your company. You may or may not be able to retrieve any lost data once you’ve been hacked or if you’ve experienced a security breach. The best solution in avoiding any hiccups is to backup your sensitive information. If you have large amounts of data to backup, contacting a managed service provider (MSP) may be an option to consider. An MSP can help set up a secure system in place so that in the event of an emergency your business will not lose any information.
A Little Prevention Can Go A Long Way
As with anything, a little prevention goes a long way – remembering the security basics, and asking about them if you don’t know what they are, is the single best thing you can do to protect yourself and protect the company. For questions about keeping your organization safe against cyber risks and attacks, please feel free to contact SDTEK today. A team member will be happy to speak with you.