During this pandemic, we’re all taking extra measures to protect ourselves and those around us. But what about protecting your business?
Unfortunately, cyber criminals have been exploiting the global pandemic, using phishing emails and other scams to put individuals and firms under even more stress during an already difficult time.
What makes this even more troubling is many businesses owners will (understandably) be focusing on other vital aspects of running a business – cashflow, staff wellbeing and future sales to name a few.
Sadly, this means it’s a perfect storm for hackers. It’s difficult enough running a business usually, but with the added pressure of keeping things going during a pandemic, it’s no wonder malicious groups are looking to capitalise.
Thankfully, there are a few simple things you can do to protect your business right now:
The people within your business can be the easiest route for hackers to gain access to sensitive information. It’s because we’re all human – despite advances in security software, an accidental click on an email link or entering login details on a spoofed website is all a hacker needs to get through your defences. Making sure your staff are security-trained and aware of the latest threats will make what you already have in place more effective.
Need help? UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre is a great place to start.
Stay up to date
New cyber threats emerge every day. By making sure that your antivirus software, firewalls and other security measures are up to date, you can help protect your business from the latest attacks. If you use cloud-based software, all this will be handled for you: they’re automatically updated, plus can help you save money too. It’s all about staying ahead of the game.
Not sure where to start? Our free Software Essentials guide offers impartial advice on different security platforms.
Be ready to recover
Unfortunately, anyone can fall victim to a cyber-attack. If it happens, you need to be able to get back to normal as soon as possible to prevent long-term damage (financial or reputational) to your business. A secure data back-up is the first step: make sure you have a copy of all business-critical data saved securely elsewhere, so if you are compromised, you can get back up-and-running sooner. If it’s cloud-based, then your staff will be able to access files remotely – an essential for homeworking.
Want to know more about data? Visit our Data And Cyber Security section in the Info Hub.
Bring in the experts
Small business owners need to wear many hats, so don’t be scared to ask for help if security isn’t your forte. Whether it’s help setting up antivirus, guidance on disaster recovery, or assessing you against the Government’s Cyber Essentials certification, there is plenty of help out there. For those of you looking to bid on public sector contracts, Cyber Essentials may be mandatory anyway, so it’s worth considering – plus, it’ll show your customers you’re serious about keeping their data safe.
And you can always ask Superfast Business Wales: sign up for our free Staying Safe Online webinar.