IT Security Tips for Your Team

Whether you run a small boutique or a franchise with multiple locations, protecting your company’s critical data should be a top concern. Cyber crime is predicted to become a $600 billion industry this year and businesses of every size are routinely targeted, often with disastrous consequences. While there’s no way to guarantee that your business will be completely safe from threats, by implementing robust security procedures and policies, you can help minimise your risks.

Implement Password Policies

Strong passwords are your first line of defence against cyber attacks, yet many businesses neglect to outline password policies for their employees. If just one employee uses a password that’s easy to guess or hack, it opens your entire company up to threats and liability, which is why it’s important to implement company-wide password practices.

Passwords should always include a combination of special characters, upper and lowercase letters, and numbers, and should be changed frequently. And don’t forget to change the manufacturer’s default passwords on all new software.

Protect the Human Element

Many security breaches are the result of human error. To minimise this risk, be sure to thoroughly screen new hires to weed out those with malicious intent and provide regular employee training on cyber security topics. Your employees should be aware of common phishing scams and understand how to avoid them (i.e. never give sensitive data over the phone or insert an unknown flash drive into their computer.

Keep Up With Updates

While you probably already know how important it is to implement firewalls, they won’t be effective unless they’re routinely updated. Beyond firewalls, intrusion detection software and content filters can also add an important level of security but must be running the most up-to-date version to ensure that they function properly. Anti-virus programs should be updated daily and you should always follow the manufacturer’s update recommendations for all security software.

Monitor Intrusions

Both successful and attempted intrusions to your systems and network should be monitored, logged, and analysed in order to give you the information you need to prevent future attacks. Working with an experienced IT provider like DEFSYS can help you better understand your security risks and we can analyse your environment in order to implement robust security measures that can better protect your business.

To find out more about how DEFSYS can help keep your critical data safe from cyber threats, get in touch with us today. Give us a call at 1300 333 797 to speak to one of our experienced representatives about your needs or fill out our contact form today.

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