In recent years cybercrime has never been very far from the headlines with a hall of fame of household names paying the price. Your data and your reputation are the most valuable assets in your company – and they are dangerously linked.
It’s not only the large corporations that find themselves in this position. Security experts report that in recent years up to 60% of attacks were aimed at SME’s.
The growth in ‘Hacktivisim’ or protest hacking, cyber espionage and opportunist attacks is a very real threat. Ease of access to software and ‘DIY hacking kits’ coupled with aging IT infrastructures is a disaster waiting to happen.
Many businesses simply don’t have the budget to implement watertight IT information security at this level but there are a number of things that can and should be done to reduce vulnerability. Examples include:
- Implementing and policing a strong and secure password policy;
- Implementing account lockout to prevent ‘brute force’ attacks;
- Dealing with starters and leavers promptly and correctly;
- Implementing file and folder security based on department/level;
- Making sure through training and information that everyone in the company understands the importance of information security and their own responsibilities;
- Educating employees about internet safety, security and the latest threats;
The most important task is to ensure that employees are educated about internet safety, security and the latest threats and, if the worst happens, how to deal with a security breach.
If you are interested in understanding IT Information Security further and discussing how it can help to protect your business please get in touch.