A cyber attack is a strike against a computer system, network or internet-enabled device or application by hackers; they will use a variety of tools to attack, including malware, ransomware, exploit kits and other methods.
I’m sure if you own a business you are already aware of the consequences of a cyber attack. Of course, it is best to be cautious and aware that it could well happen to you or someone close to you. However, if you have all the preparation and protection necessary for your computer system and personal devices, there is no need to continuously stress and worry about it happening.
In previous posts, we have given plenty of tips on the different ways hackers can get information from your computer systems i.e. phishing scams, so take a look back over those and scan through anything you feel you may have missed.
There are many ways to protect you and your business from potentially getting attacked; hackers will take any opportunity they can find to get hold of important information and details from your system. This means if one of your employees even takes their lunch break whilst leaving information up and available, it’s a small window for hackers to take advantage of.
Make sure that your office computers have the system set to log off after 10 or so minutes of no use. This gives hackers a tiny time frame to cause no major damage. Clearly, you will need anti-virus software across all computer systems and secured security for everyone, but being in an office environment, things can also be stolen from you directly, not just via systems.
You need to make sure your server rooms are safe and secure; they will need to be closed and locked at any point someone in the company is not working in there. It’s just another precaution to keep your information protected. If anything from the workplace gets stolen, the cloud computing software allows businesses to track down mobile laptops, devices and even desktops that get stolen.
By leading the team, it is your duty to make sure the office stays as secure as possible, so make sure you keep your employees aware of the risks and possibilities for hackers. Set boundaries with your colleagues about what they may use on the work systems and what they may not and speak to IT specialists and find out what type of attachments are safe to open, and which are not. If they are aware of the risks, they are more likely to be extra cautious with anything suspicious that comes through the system.
Cyber attacks can be catastrophic, but if you are on top of all security within your business and your employees are well aware of the affect hackers can have, you will be fully prepared for any potential attack.
If you are concerned about IT security at your business give us a call. We’ll be happy to discuss cyber attacks and cyber security in clear easy to understand language.
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