Tips for preparing your business for a cyberattack

Tips for preparing your business for a cyberattack

It’s no longer just large corporations that need to be prepared for cyberattacks. Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) need to take extra precautions to fend off hackers who are ready to steal their confidential information.

According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019, 32% of businesses identified cybersecurity attacks in the last 12 months, costing them an average of £9,470 in lost data. Phishing and malware attacks were responsible for a majority of these breaches.

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So how do you prepare your organisation for the next big cyberattack? Here are some of the things you need to know:

#1. Conduct a cybersecurity assessment

The first step is to assess the status of your office cybersecurity. Identifying your company's vulnerabilities will help you create a holistic cybersecurity strategy.

For instance, auditors might claim that your network has a firewall installed to reduce the number of websites employees can visit using company PCs. If the firewall isn’t configured properly, however, it might be useless against modern network-based attacks.

Remember: Your assessment allows you to find the effectiveness of your current setup and determine what needs to be improved.

#2. Review security procedures around outgoing and former employees

A significant number of attacks could possibly come from outgoing and disgruntled former employees. They could have access to your information through old login credentials that were never disabled. This loophole can be used to sabotage your business and cause disasters.

To prevent this, monitor all your outgoing employees. Create a checklist of those no longer connected to your firm and decommission all their accounts and devices so they won’t have access to them anymore.

#3. Use multifactor authentication (MFA)

Setting up passwords just isn’t enough, as these can be easily guessed by hackers. MFA involves the use of more than one means of verifying a user’s identity. For example, after a user enters their username and password, they can also be prompted to enter a one-time code on their smartphone.

This way, even if a hacker acquires the user’s password, they won’t be able to access the account without the code. MFA ensures that your users’ accounts are safe from credential theft and unwanted access.

#4. Provide regular cybersecurity training

You can’t take chances when it comes to cyberattacks. Organise regular training sessions in the office to keep employees informed on how to protect themselves online.

Conduct live cybersecurity exercises, such as a simulation of a phishing attempt, to expose employees to real-world scenarios. Observe how your employees react, and provide refresher courses for those who struggled with the exercise.

#5. Patch your devices and software

Cybercriminals can infiltrate your network through unpatched security bugs in your hardware and software. While software companies release hotfixes for these, many users don’t bother installing them because they’re too busy with work. However, this could expose them even more to cyberattacks.

Implement a regular patching schedule to ensure that all your devices and software have the latest security updates. Do this at least once every few weeks to lower the risk of vulnerability attacks on your network.

#6. Partner with Office Tek

Office Tek will work hand in hand with your in-house IT team to monitor your systems and catch problems before they become damaging to your company. Even if you and your employees are out for the day, Office Tek observes your system 24/7/365 so you’ll always have peace of mind about cybersecurity.

Don’t take chances when it comes to your business’s cybersecurity. At Office Tek, we don’t just protect you from the latest threats. We learn how exactly your company operates so we can tailor our services to your needs. Request for a FREE security assessment here.

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