Cyber attack reports have been such hot topics lately with some high-profile cases being reported. Most recently in the light of the new GDPR law and the ever-increasing sophistication of hackers, it is even more important that your systems are secure. However, this comes and a cost and more often, SME’s are over looking this essential part of security due to cost.
These are Mode’s tips:
Not all data is equal: Your business will hold employee data, client data, product, services data. All needs to be treated differently and held securely.
Data Back up: this needs to be done on regular basis. A back up is regular copying, reorganising and storing of all digital information. This can be physically stored or stored in the cloud or on a dedicated server.
Data recovery: This is the process of recovering data that may be no longer accessible or lost due to corrupted or damaged storage. Regular data back-ups relieve this data recovery process, but both are an essential element of protection.
Virus and Spam protection: Virus and malware replicates itself into other programs or files and their intentions are malicious. If undetected, they could easily damage data by corrupting or accessing private information, spread spam and leak confidential information that could harm your business.
Firewall: This is an essential network security system. The Firewall monitors traffic and controls it based on security rules. It’s essentially a barrier between your internal network and any external networks (e.g. Internet). This will restrict access of incoming and outgoing traffic that is suspicious, prevent infections and spreading of malware. Network firewalls run on computer hardware, host-based firewalls are software based and control traffic on the computer its installed on.
Whilst your business may not be able to afford an IT department to important these procedures, it is essential to engage an IT company to ensure that these steps are taken to protect your information, as if not, the cost to your business could be far greater.