Cybersecurity Checklist: 3 Critical Measures To Protect Your Business

Cybercrime is the largest form of organised crime across the world. It is on the rise with the methods of an attack set to get more complex and devious.

Those responsible are criminals, but they’re also clever, anonymous and incredibly difficult to trace meaning they are unlikely to ever be caught. It’s not fair, but it’s a fact, and you are responsible for protecting yourself and your business.

The aftermath of a cyberattack can be deadly for a business, and if you fall victim to it once, it’s even more likely to happen again.

1. Cybersecurity Solutions

This is probably the most obvious prevention against cybercrime for most businesses. Investing in software, firewalls and antivirus solutions is a necessity, and it will prevent unauthorised access and applications on your network.

The cybersecurity solutions you use should be tailored to your business. Your industry and size will affect what the best form of protection for you is.

Remember, being a smaller business does not exempt you from cyberattacks and in recent years, small companies have become bigger targets for attacks due to their assumed lack of defences.

Implementing the appropriate security solutions is not optional for a business and it should be one of your highest priorities. Ensure you speak with a specialist to review what will be the strongest protection for your business.

2. User Awareness Training

Now, a robust and tailored security infrastructure at your business will prevent external threats. Still, one of your biggest internal threats, that your security defences cannot always protect you from, is your employees.

All employees must be regularly educated on the evolving methods of cyberattacks and trained on how to identify potential threats and dangerous links. Some attacks are deliberately carried out to be discrete and unalarming at the time, so you’re oblivious to any damage or theft until it’s too late.

Also, be aware that not all cyber-attacks or data breaches use malicious or dangerous software. Over the last few years ‘Social Engineering’, ‘Phishing’ and ‘Email Fraud’ have become increasingly popular methods of attack.

These are emails sent from real, but fraudulent, accounts and have no malicious or dangerous content, allowing them to bypass your security defences. They are designed to deceive employees into voluntarily revealing private company data or sending money to people they believe to know, usually in a senior position at the business. For more on this click here.

Watch a recording of a live webinar we ran on Email Security (start at 2 minutes)

3. Risk Management

This is the procedures you follow to protect your business from threats. It should also include a plan of action should anything go wrong.

Policies within your business’ overall cybersecurity plan should include managing user permissions, blocking unsecure third-party applications or devices and remote working security guidelines.

Attacks, breaches and threats can occur for a variety of reasons, including natural disasters, cybercrime, hardware failures and uneducated or disgruntled employees. Risk Management acknowledges all potential risks and plans to prevent and resolve them from causing any downtime.

We strongly suggest that all business financial transactions require multiple authorisations before being submitted. Over the last year, there has been a mass increase in finance departments being targeted through email fraud costing companies thousands of pounds. See an example here.

Cybercriminals exploit non-technical people and companies, so don’t be vulnerable.

Contact us now to speak to a specialist regarding your business’ current cybersecurity infrastructure and procedures. Our specialists can offer you an expert and non-biased opion on the best protection for your business.