In 2014 60% of small businesses experienced a cyber breach, according to a Government report, and the average cost of the worst breach was between £65,000 and £115,000 writes Hannah Sang of Datcom. How can you ensure your business is safe and protected from online threats?It's evident from recent, high-profile security breaches that cyber security in business is a top priority. Whether your business uses a range of IT equipment or has a website to advertise your services or carry out financial transactions, you are at risk of a cyber attack. If you're not already taking measures to reduce the risk of an attack then here is where you should start:
- Download software updates as soon as you see them
- Keep your passwords strong by using a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols
- Immediately delete any suspicious emails
- Install anti-virus software on your workstations and other devices
- Raise awareness among your staff and ensure they know what to look out for
- Have you thought about reviewing your security practices?
- Are you testing your IT systems and public-facing technology?
- What are the latest threats faced by small to medium businesses?
- Do you have a plan in place if your business security is breached? Who do you call?