With the recent news of an outbreak of ransomware which is affecting computers worldwide and experts warning that there could be further cases this coming week, it could be time to take a look at your cyber security.
According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016, one in four businesses had reported a cyber-breach or attack in the past 12 months. If you’re not taking the appropriate steps to ensure yourself and your business is protected against cyber threats, it’s not too late. Keeping your assets protected doesn’t need to be expensive or time consuming and you don’t need to be a computer whizz to keep everything safe.
Cyber Aware advise small businesses in the UK to do two simple things to improve their online security:
- using strong passwords
- always downloading the latest software updates
Alongside this, it is important that you – and any staff that you hire – stay vigilant when it comes to opening emails from unknown sources. If the content of an email looks questionable, is from an address you’re unsure of or includes an irrelevant outbound link, it’s important to delete the email and do not click on any links.
What can cause an online cyber security breach?
Sometimes, knowing the cause of a problem can be half the battle of preventing it. Of the businesses that have encountered an online security breach, problems were commonly caused by:
- using external devices (for example, USB sticks or external hard drives) that carry malicious software
- out of date software on devices
- using unsafe websites or opening infected emails
- unsafe passwords
If you’re concerned that your computer or another device may be under a cyber-threat, the Government website features a host of advice that will help.
It is also worth ensuring that your business has the appropriate insurance to ensure you are covered for any eventuality. Our Assure and Executive packages each include business insurance cover for your peace of mind.