IT and IT Security in particular has come under much scrutiny lately. The cyber-attack which affected many NHS Boards across the UK and problems faced by BA which severely disrupted travel from Heathrow and Gatwick, have highlighted the vulnerability of even the most sophisticated of systems.
The scale of these attacks of course has been headline news due to the high profile of the organisations, but what has become apparent is that no matter what the size of your company, any business holding data is at risk. Figures obtained through research carried out by Antur Teifi shows that 56% of SME’s see data loss as one of the biggest risks to their business.
With every device a potential entry point for viruses and the nature of attacks becoming more and more sophisticated it is imperative that businesses do all that they can to protect data held on their systems.
Aled Davies, Sales Executive
How to keep safe:
- E-mails are the biggest breach. Make sure your staff are fully aware of how to deal with suspicious e-mails. Consider cloud-based e-mail filtering which can be effective at blocking many of the emails that carry variants of malware.
- Ensure that your patch management is in place. Basically, patches are upgrades which are released at different times to counter potential threats to software. If your system is still being supported by Microsoft then these upgrades will be released automatically.
- Ensure your Anti-virus software is active and up-to-date. This software is designed to prevent, search for, detect, and remove software viruses, and other malicious software like worms, trojans, adware and more.
- Get Firewall in place. Firewall is a piece of software or hardware designed to block unauthorised intruders from gaining entry to an individual computer or network,
- Remember to back-up often. Ensure that you maintain regular and effective backups of your entire IT infrastructure on and off-site.
- Regular IT Audits. A review your network security will highlight security gaps and provide important information as to what you need to secure your system.
- Use a reputable IT support company. They have the up-to-date knowledge to provide the advice, guidance and technical help you need. Don’t rely on your own knowledge – you may have a skills gap which can add to your vulnerability.
Give me, Aled a call on 01239 712345 for an informal chat or to arrange a visit or alternatively e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to see how I can help you with on-going support packages and to find out whether your business would benefit from a FREE IT Security Audit.