The Essential Eight – Strategies to help your business avoid being a victim of cyber crime.

How to secure your business from cyber security threats

The future is now and with every passing day, we are becoming more and more reliant on the internet for all facets of our life. The new normal we are adjusting to thanks to Covid 19 has seen the need for high speed and reliable networks for home and work. Working remotely is now more common and that also brings opportunities for the modern criminal, cybercriminals. As more people work from home companies are becoming more at risk of security breaches and the right systems must be put in place to keep the risk of exposure low. Having a cyber security audit is essential for all businesses and Netlogyx have many years of experience in the field and have been providing honest IT services on the Gold Coast to many businesses.

Data back Up

Backing up data is essential if you want to avoid costly information loss. It is recommended to use multiple backup methods, including daily incremental backups on a portable device or cloud storage and quarterly end of the week backups. Backed up data should also be checked regularly for issues that may impact recovery in an event of a cyber incident or computer problems.

To protect against theft and physical damage, portable devices should be stored separately offsite. These devices shouldn’t remain connected to a computer either because this could lead them to become infected with malware — even if they’re not on an official network. To prevent infection from happening in the first place, cloud storage is advised by these rules as well when using strong encryption methods or multi-factor authentication for data protection purposes.

Data Encryption

Businesses across the globe are urged to encrypt their data and devices when transmitting, storing or sharing it. This can be done easily by turning on network encryption from router settings but more importantly through installing a virtual private network (VPN) software onto various computing/mobile devices.

Multi-factor authentication

The use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) is another standard practice to protect data. This verification process requires users to provide two or more proofs of their identities, making it harder for unauthorized individuals from accessing a user’s account. One example is where the system will require that both the password and code sent separately are provided before access into an online account can be granted.

Monitoring System

All businesses should make a record of the equipment and software they use. This includes removing sensitive information from devices or software that are no longer in use, as well as disconnecting these items from their network. Older and unused equipment will likely not be updated, which could serve as a loophole targeted by criminals to breach the network if left connected online. Similar protocols apply for organisations with former employees who have access to old accounts; past workers would likely require more than just an email address when verifying the identity

These are just a few of the ways that you can help secure your business from cyber threats. Netlogyx can provide quality advice for all your IT services on the Gold Coast and are experts in developing cyber security audits to ensure that your business is protected.

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