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You probably already know what cyber security is, but do you know how to make the most of it to keep your business protected from cyber attacks?

Did you know that almost half of businesses experienced a cyber security breach within the last year? Shocking isn’t it. With the average cost of a data breach for medium and small businesses coming in at over £16,000, it’s vital to keep your business safe from cyber attacks.

We’ve put together a handy list of our top cyber security dos and don’ts for businesses to prevent your sensitive data being put at risk…

Cyber security dos: 

  • Know the basics: Some types of cyber attacks can be very advanced and sophisticated. But most are fairly rudimentary and can be prevented by reading up on the basics, like how to prevent phishing.
  • Keep your accounts safe: This one almost goes without saying. It’s always worth remembering to protect your accounts with strong passwords. Passwords should always include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters that can’t be easily guessed. You could also consider using a password manager, and changing your passwords regularly. 
  • Identify who could be targeted: Certain members of many businesses are more likely to be targeted than others. These often include more senior staff members and those with higher levels of access to IT systems. Make sure that those who are most at risk are also the most protected.

Cyber security don’ts 

  • Become complacent: If your business uses a range of IT systems every day, it’s often tempting to cut corners in the name of convenience or efficiency. Make sure your standards remain high, and don’t become a low-hanging fruit.
  • Believe breaches only take place on a large scale: The phrase ‘cyber attack’ often gives the impression that data breaches are usually large and easy to spot if they do take place. But, smaller-scale breaches can often go on unnoticed for a long time. Avoid this by keeping your IT systems securely monitored.
  • Neglect having a backup plan: With the proper systems in place, you should be in a good position to ensure your business is safe from cyber attacks. But if an attack does happen, it’s important to know what your plan will be in order to act quickly. This can often include changing passwords and blocking unauthorised access.

So, now you know our top cyber security dos and don’ts, let’s get you protected! Contact us to discuss the best cyber security solutions for your business. 

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