A part of the work we do at Citadel Cyber Security is to keep small business informed of the best practices they can adopt.
We know that securing your network and data can become a costly affair. This is where our informative guides can assist in helping you keep your cyber health; healthy.
Take a look at the new NCSC infographic on the Small Business Cyber Security Guide
Whilst to some these steps may seem obvious, they are often the ones over looked . Most attacks on small businesses come via easily preventable methods and by implementing these key aspects, could help protect your company.
Protecting your business from Malware – Small Business Cyber Security Guide
Although computer viruses have been around since Elk back in 1982, it is only in the last few decades that the words surrounding this aspect of our everyday lives have become the “norm”.
Terms like Malware and Spyware are now commonplace, but do you understand how best to protect your important business data from these types of automated attacks?
Tip 1: Always have up-to-date Anti Virus
Antivirus software – often included for free within popular operating systems – should be used on all computers and laptops.
Tip 2: Prevent downloads on your network
Software and programmes should only be installed if they are business critical.
Staff accounts should only have enough access required to perform their role, with extra permissions (i.e. for administrators) only given to those who need it.
When administrative accounts are created, they should only be used for that specific task, with standard user accounts used for general work.
Tip 3: PATCH, PATCH, PATCH!
Patching is a boring, untimely, annoying, yet absolutely necessary part of owning a computer, phone or other digital device. When you press “snooze” or ignore an update, it leaves your device and any network its on wide open to attack. Make sure you update AS SOON as one becomes available.
Tip 4: Control how USB drives (and memory cards) can be used
We all know how tempting it is to use USB drives or memory cards to transfer files between organisations and people.
However, it only takes one infected stick to devastate a whole organisation.
Reduce your chanced of infection by;
- blocking access to physical ports for most users
- using antivirus tools
- allow only approved drives and cards within your organisation
- scan any devices prior to opening documents
- where possible, suggest a transfer programme or the Cloud as an alternative
Make these directives a part of your company policy.
Tip 5: Install a firewall
Firewalls are one of the main pieces of hardware which help protect your business. They are the first line of defence, no matter how small your business is.
Many home offices are now turning to firewalls as added protection and one which has buffered an unknown amount of attacks.
If you have multiple devices which require access to files from outside the workplace and need the use of internet or email, a firewall is a must.
Not sure what type of firewall you need? Contact the experts at Just Firewalls.