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Top 5 Cyber Security Tips for Business

6th May 2020
Cyber security

Cyber security is a key consideration for businesses of all sizes and it’s of particular concern right now, during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, some sources are expecting a 30-40% increase in the number of cyber attacks during the lockdown.

To help your business avoid being the victim, here are five practical steps you can take to protect your business.

1. Communicate with Your Team

One of the best ways to protect your business is to communicate with your employees. Regularly provide updates about:

  • Current trends in cyber crime
  • What to look out for
  • How to protect devices
  • Which platforms to use (i.e. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Slack etc)

If you have IT usage policies, make sure these are kept up-to-date and that your team knows where to find them.

2. Keep Systems Updated

Antivirus, software, firewalls, VPNs and apps should all be kept up-to-date. Developers issue regular updates to make sure their software protects against the latest cyber threats, so make sure your teams are using the latest versions. Wherever possible, make sure access to your systems is revoked for former employees and suppliers.

3. Back-up Your Data

Make sure your systems are regularly backing up emails, files and documents to a secure location. In the event of a cyber attack, this information can be restored, helping to minimise disruption.

4. Develop a Cyber Incident Plan

It’s important to have a plan in place that outlines what happens in the event of a cyber security incident. Information should include:

  • Who is to be notified and what are their contact details?
  • What steps should be taken to limit the damage caused?
  • How are third parties informed?

Again, this document should be regularly updated and distributed to your team, so they know the drill.

5. Consider Cyber Liability Insurance

Cyber Insurance is an invaluable policy for businesses of all sizes. It gives you access to professional support in the event of cyber crime or data breach, including data recovery and reputation management.

To discuss cyber insurance for your business, give us a call. We can help you arrange cover that suits your business and the risks it faces in today’s fast-paced world.

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