5 Tips from the NCSC

5 tips from the National Cyber Security Centre – protecting your business

Due to the growing number of threats to business online there are some basic steps you can take to reduce the risk you and your business face.
Taking no action is something that you can no longer do, just hoping you don’t become a victim because you are a small business will not protect you at all.

Backing up your data
  • Identify what data you need to back up
  • Keep your back-up separate from your computer
  • Consider the cloud
  • Read the NCSC cloud security guidance
  • Make backing-up part of your everyday business
Protecting your organisation from malware
  • Install (and turn on) antivirus software
  • Prevent staff from downloading potentially dangerous apps
  • Keep all your IT equipment up to date (patching)
  • Control how USB drives (and memory cards) can be used
  • Switch on your firewall
Keeping your smartphones and tablets safe
  • Switch on password protection
  • Make sure lost or stolen devices can be tracked, locked or wiped
  • Keep your device up to date
  • Keep your apps up to date
  • Don’t connect to unknown Wi-Fi hotspots
Using passwords to protect your data
  • Make sure you switch on password protection
  • Use two-factor authentication for “important” accounts
  • Avoid using predictable passwords
  • Help your staff cope with password overload
  • Change all default passwords
Avoiding phishing attacks
  • Configure accounts to reduce the impact of successful attacks
  • Think about staff training and how you operate
  • Check for obvious signs of phishing
  • Report all attacks
  • Keep up to date with attackers

Source: National Cyber Security Centre – Cyber Security: Small Business Guide

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5 tips from the National Cyber Security Centre - protecting your business

Source: National Cyber Security Centre – Cyber Security: Small Business Guide