Basic Cyber Security advice for small businesses
Basic IT Cyber Security advice for small businesses
As someone who works in an SME you are busy Â wearing many hats and I am guessing won’t have a DPO -Data Protection Officer, or CTO or CIO – Tech or Info Officer to call on. Â If you are reading this it’s probably your responsibility to make sure your data and business is secure. Â Here is basic ICO advice – no nonsense bare minimum specifics from the ICO amidst the latest crisis:
- Install a firewall and virus-checking on your computers.
- Make sure that your operating system is set up to receive automatic updates.
- Protect your computer by downloading the latest patches or security updates, which should cover vulnerabilities.
- Only allow your staff access to the information they need to do their job and don’t let them share passwords.
- Encrypt any personal information held electronically that would cause damage or distress if it were lost or stolen.
- Take regular back-ups of the information on your computer system and keep them in a separate place so that if you lose your computers, you don’t lose the information.
- Securely remove all personal information before disposing of old computers
- Consider installing an anti-spyware tool. Spyware is the generic name given to programs that are designed to secretly monitor your activities on your computer. Spyware can be unwittingly installed within other file and program downloads, and their use is often malicious. They can capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details, then relay them back to fraudsters. Anti-spyware helps to monitor and protect your computer from spyware threats, and it is often free to use and update.
If you are a client of any MSP you will I hope have this and more as standard. Â If you are operating without the expertise of an IT resource behind you it will be worthwhile commissioning a project Â to bring you up to a decent standard of security. Â It isn’t expensive and it will be another item ticked off your to-do list.
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