What Is Cyber Security?
Effective cyber security methods can be defined as a collective approach across software, technological equipment, programs, devices and networks to keep the functionality of equipment, systems and data safe. To create a successful defence, particularly for businesses, employees, technology, and procedures need to be harmonised and work together in order to protect the organisation.
Importance of cyber security
Cyber security is important for everyone, as it protects valuable data and your systems from damage or theft. For businesses, particularly those who hold personal or sensitive data on their customers or employees (medical information, for example), an effective cyber security approach is imperative to ensure systems aren’t penetrated and data isn’t stolen and exposed to others.
Overall, in today’s world, where our data and systems are connected across devices and various networks, more than ever, it’s important that cyber security basics are practised and understood by all employees within businesses.
Remote Working Cyber Security Basics
After the COVID 19 pandemic hit, we all became very accustomed to working from home (WFH) or remotely. However, looking towards the future, it looks like remote working and/or a balance of home and office work are continuing for many businesses.
So, how do we tackle cyber security when WFH? You can find our full list of recommended tips for remote working cyber security on our blog post dedicated to the topic. First, however, here are a few quick notes on what to consider to help protect your business:
1. Data and document storage needs to be centralised, easy to access and secure to ensure that nothing goes amiss or is saved in a place vulnerable to cybercriminal exposure.
2. Ensure employees don’t use work equipment/networks for personal use by providing employees with specific devices for work when remote working. After all, how can you control work security if you’re not in ownership of the device being used?
3. Wi-Fi security is important. Be sure that employees make things as difficult for cyber attackers as possible with complex passwords, renaming the Wi-Fi name so it’s not as easily associated with them and enabling encryption where possible.
4. Consider the safety of video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and ensure the platform you’re using is data encrypted to keep the information exchanged only between those attending the calls.
5. Policy is important to cover at home cyber security basics. You may need to have a separate policy just for cyber security when home working to ensure that employees feel comfortable with working equipment and being proactive in preventing cyber-attacks from happening.
Different Types of Cyber-Attacks
Here are a few types employees need to be aware of:
- Impersonation Fraud/Spear Phishing
The main thing to remember about cyber attacks, regardless of which type of attack it is, is that these cybercriminals have substantial experience in what they’re doing and know all the tips and tricks to try and get employees to open and click emails, type in their login details or even transfer money straight into their account. So being aware and creating a line of defence against these criminals with the relevant software is advisable; however regular training on cyber security basics for your employees is the best way to ensure they’re up to date and aware of the role they can play and responsibility they have to prevent a cyber-attack on the business, whether in the office or when working remotely.
Having a cyber security policy is important, so we recommend introducing and organising regular training updates for the team as a part of that policy. Not only does this keep your employees up to speed on the best way to spot and prevent attacks, but it also makes business partners, customers/clients and stakeholders know you’re doing everything you can to protect the data on your company’s devices with a strategic and effective defence for all types of cyber attacks.
We hope you now fully understand the importance of cyber security in business and how the best form of defence is to put cyber security basics into practice throughout your entire business. Remember, cybercriminals attack those they believe to be vulnerable; the size or nature of your business doesn’t determine whether or not you’ll be targeted. However, with a workforce and devices prepared to withstand such attacks, you’re in a much better position to avoid the damage that they can cause.
For information on our cyber security and IT services or how we can help diagnose the level of security within the IT systems of your business, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team of experts today. Or, if you’d like to learn more about cyber security within the business, check out the Integral IT YouTube channel and watch our quick and easy videos.