Try to imagine a single company or enterprise that doesn’t need the internet. You might be able to but that doesn’t take away the fact that the vast majority of the business world depends, often heavily on the internet and on computers. With the internet come enough and more threats to an organisation. Here are some things you need to keep in mind for the cyber security of your organisation.
- Make a strong password- no matter what the combination and number of characters suggested, a strong password is completely in your hands and left to your own discretion. Don’t make it obvious, steer clear of anniversaries and birthdays, and choose your password with caution. Make sure that you change your password frequently too.
- Let your computer work for you- ensure that you have the best anti-virus software installed. Keep it updated and run periodic scans and threat detection. The firewall must stay up as well. This will help prevent malware attacks. Some anti-spyware and an intrusion detection system is also a good idea. No matter what the application, security system or service, updating them is vital to the safety of your online presence.
- Always backup- if you have important data stored in your email, back it up in a safe way. Cloud can come in handy, but remember it’s not impervious to a cyber-attack. Hard disks that are not connected to the internet are a good idea too. Old-fashioned files work well!
- Browse with care-it’s tempting to take a break and check out the latest in sales and shopping. That opens your organisation to threats. The better thing for you to do would be to hold off on this commercial/personal browsing till you got home, or use your own device if you absolutely need to.
- Be careful what you store-the computer is a repository of so much of a company’s information. Property deeds, employee records, sensitive information about health and insurance- the list goes on. An organisation needs to be careful about what information it stores online. The chances of it becoming public are strong during a cyber-attack.
- Keep your computer safe- something as simple as logging off and on with a password, securing your computer under lock and key and using a tracking system to make sure you know where your computer is, can go a long way.
- Watch out for attachments- while attachments and emails are part of work, if either is from an unfamiliar source, be wary. It may be a good idea to check the website from which the email was sent. Do not double-click as soon as you spot the email. Instead, double click on the website id to figure out the origin. A simple tweak in spelling can make the difference between legitimate and legal and a malicious website. Verify first and save your organisation a world of trouble.
- Free public network isn’t always good- while the idea of Wi-Fi that you don’t have to pay for is appealing, it also leaves your system vulnerable. Steer clear of it.