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How to prevent cyber-crime in businesses

How to prevent cyber-crime in businesses

The reassurance you’re safe in a digitally dangerous world

 

With a large percentage of business being conducted online, as well as the sheer amount of data we keep online, companies must take every measure possible to ensure they’re secure.

Online attacks, phishing emails and other security breaches can have disastrous results, and so Illuminate is dedicated to helping businesses protect themselves from cyber threats.

 

What Is Cybercrime?

 

Cybercrime is any criminal activity that takes place through technological means, such as through computers, IT networks and mobile phones. The actual crimes can vary but include:

  • Data theft
  • Financial crimes
  • Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks
  • Identity theft
  • Phishing scams
  • Ransomware

All these attacks can lead to the theft of data and money or bring down entire IT networks, and so it’s essential you take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your business.

Below are just some of the basic ways to improve your business’s cybersecurity, if you’re unsure of how to implement them or need help with more advanced solutions, get in touch.

 

Cybersecurity culture

Ensuring everyone from the board down understands the risks and thinks about the security of data in everything they do, every single day.  Passing on this ethos and continually educating staff members on identifying threats from emails, texts or other means.

 

Optimise the security of your email

Having multiple layers of security protecting internal and outgoing emails goes a long way for helping a more secure network and protecting sensitive data. Using a virtual private network (VPN) or other encryption techniques are all great ideas for added security

 

Passwords

It may sound simple, but many companies neglect it. Having a policy in place that detects how passwords are used within your company is a must. This includes information on where they are kept, how they are used and whom they are shared with how features such as password managers and multi-factor authentication are beneficial.

 

Using the right software

It’s always a good idea to have the right software on all your computers, which not only prevent malware but keep your businesses data secure. If you’re unsure which software you should be using, whether it’s basic operating systems or virus protection, get in touch, and we can discuss how to keep your network secure.

 

Understand where you are vulnerable

This can be achieved by seeking out specialist help, such as from Illuminate, which will run tests on your system to root out any data breaches or areas you could be targeted for cyberattacks.

 

Having the right team on-hand

Technology is continually changing, as are the threats that your business could be facing. Having a specialist team, with up to knowledge and experience in cybersecurity, can make all the difference in maintaining a secure IT system.

 

Whether a small business or a larger company, cybersecurity is something that shouldn’t be neglected. For more advice, guidance and support in implementing the best solutions to protect your business, give us a call.

 

QC Cyber Essentials Practitioner

Illuminate are also available to help your business achieve Cyber Essential accreditation. We can help you and your employees to learn the best practice of cybersecurity essentials, reassure clients that you take security seriously and earn this badge of honour for your business.

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