Now we’re looking towards the new year, it’s the perfect time to get into good cyber security habits. Completing just a few quick actions each week will vastly improve your business’ ability to recover should it be targeted by cyber criminals.
1. Consider your what information you publish online
Could the information you share about your business on your website and on social media be used by cyber criminals? If they wanted to create a scam imitating your organisation, lifting the names and backgrounds of your employees might make their attempts more convincing. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) share guidance on what’s known as your “digital footprint” on their website*.
2. Get into the habit of backing up
Something most of us probably know we should do, but few prioritise. Setting your agendas in January, encourage your staff to make sure a copy of your most important data is saved in a separate place. If you use the cloud for storage, turning on automatic back-ups is a great way to save time.
3. Think about using a Virtual Private Network
As it’s likely we’ll continue working from home for some time, take steps to make sure all the data being sent over networks outside of your organisation is safe. VPNs encrypt the information you save, upload, or send so there’s less likelihood that hackers could compromise an unsecure connection that your employees are using at home. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have more on this in their Small Business Guide on their website *.
If you’re in Leeds City Region, we can help you take your cyber security further with a FREE healthcheck. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will check where there might be vulnerabilities in your IT system that are open to cyber criminals.