Cyber security – the basics
Keep your business safe from common cyber threats
The internet brings huge business opportunities and benefits, but it also brings risks. Every day there are cyber-attacks on UK companies, attempting to steal information and money, or just disrupt business. It is increasingly important to manage these risks to take advantage of the internet whilst protecting your business.
Taking some simple actions and practising safe behaviours can significantly reduce the risk of online threats:
1/ Download software
Download software and app updates (from known safe sites) as soon as they appear. These contain vital security upgrades to keep your devices and business information safe.
2/Use strong passwords
Use lower and upper case letters, numbers and symbols to make passwords even stronger. See https://www.amethystrisk.com/news/choosing-the-right-password for further details.
3/ Delete suspicious emails
If you are in any doubt about the subject line or sender, delete it. Emails can contain fraudulent requests for information or links to viruses. If in doubt, delete.
4/ Use anti-virus software
Computers, tablets, smartphones – all can easily become infected by viruses or malware. Install internet security software like anti-virus on all your devices to help prevent infection.
5/ Train your staff
Make sure your staff are aware of cyber security threats and how to recognise them. Without the appropriate cyber awareness employees can soon become the ‘weak link’ in your cyber defence.
Remember: A single successful attack could seriously damage your business.
What’s at risk?
Your money, information and reputation
Your IT equipment and your IT-based services
Client lists, customer databases
Your financial details and customers’ financial details
Product designs, pricing information.
What form can threats take?
Theft or unauthorised access of computers, laptops, tablets and mobiles
Remote attacks on your IT systems or website
Attacks on information held in third party systems, e.g. your hosted services or company bank account
Access to information through your staff.
Financial loss from theft of information or bank details
Financial loss from disruption to trading and doing business
Losing business from bad publicity and damage to your reputation and customer base
Costs from cleaning up affected systems.
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