Your list of to-dos is longer than Santa’s, but if you can find five minutes to do these three things today, you’ll be reducing the risk of a cyber attack. This could save your business time and money in the future.
1. Turn on two-factor authentication
When you login to a site like LinkedIn or Google, have you noticed that it asks you to put in your phone number? Taking a minute to do this rather than rushing to login gives you an extra layer of security which will reduce the chances that a criminal can crack your account.
2. Check your staff can’t download unknown apps
Have you set your staff’s user permissions so they can only download programmes that you can trust? The National Cyber Security centre suggests only downloading apps for mobile phones and tablets from manufacturer-approved stores like Google Play or Apple App Store. You can check their guidance on their website https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/small-business-guide/protecting-your-organisation-malware
This will prevent software that is unsafe causing issues later online.
3. Teach your staff how to spot a phishing email
If a member of your accounts team received an unexpected email from an unrecognised email address asking them to pay an invoice, would they question it before completing? Would an account executive spot a scam email imitating a large corporate client? Awareness is one of the best means of protecting your organisation. If you need help with educating your team, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve found this guidance useful, why not browse our free cyber security guides to continue improving your business’ resilience?
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