October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Here’s how to protect your business data.
One of the most important areas of business management is to keep yourself protected from increasingly common cyber attacks. While we rely on more technology and more devices, hackers take advantage of how nearly every business is online. Cybercrime is on the rise, unfortunately. The potential damage that can occur due to a cyber breach can end up damaging your company beyond repair. However, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and that means we’ve rounded up our top tips on how to prevent cyber attacks and keep your business data safe!
Did you know that the majority of data attacks are caused by staff error or weak password security? Tackling the issue of password security goes a long way in preventing unwanted cyber thieves. Teach your employees the basics of a strong password (ten or more characters, special characters, numbers, and upper and lower case letters). Remember to change your passwords with the seasons and never write them down!
Educate Your Staff to Be Safe Online
It’s important to train your staff on the threats they can face online and the significant role they play in protecting your business. Your staff should be aware of how to spot a phishing scam and who to report it to. Be specific about the different risks they face and provide ample training on how to handle and report malicious-looking files and websites.
All devices in your business should have the latest anti-malware and anti-virus software. Be sure to download the newest updates so your business has a better chance of staying safe. These software programs are often your first line of defense, and it’s worthwhile ensuring they are up to date.