When it comes to cyber security, we are all aware of the risks. But do any of us are aware of how our daily behaviour can negatively impact the business we are part of? It’s easy for employees to hear about the cyber risks, without really believing that the rules apply to them, or simply not bothering to adopt best practices to their routine.
The reality is that ensuring security in any organisation falls to the employees daily. As methods of hacking become more sophisticated, it is important to change our behaviours and increase our security mechanisms. Read on for things to consider.
Changing your password
This needs to become as habitual to us as washing our hands or looking both ways when crossing the street. Changing the way we view cyber security and gradually improving our habits are key factors in reducing the number of security breaches, hacks and malware attacks. Optimum passwords should contain a combination of upper and lower case characters, as well as numbers and special characters. It is important to avoid the pitfall of using information in a password which can easily be accessed on social media networks, such as a family member’s birthday. It’s becoming prevalent for criminal organisations to collect and sell lists of sensitive information.
Two-factor authentication is a simple tool that can increase the security of your business. It requires the user to input a unique code which is sent to a mobile device. Designed as an extra layer of security, it is fast becoming part of a standard process. It is also important to consider keeping back up information such as a secondary email address and phone number, to maintain access in the event of a hack.
Customer data and GDPR
EU data protection regulations mean that any security breaches involving customer data will be subject to much higher penalties than with the previous regulations. Companies who control consumer data are subject to fines of up to €20 million, or 4% of annual turnover (whichever is higher). The financial impact of such mistakes, will, therefore, increase dramatically. It is important to consider:
- What data you hold
- With whom you share it
- How you secure your data
According to a recent YouGov survey, some 70% of marketing and advertising agencies would not be certain of their ability to detect a data breach. Changing cyber security procedures is key to improving security and reducing the risk to consumer data. Security measures are constantly improving, but it is down to the individual to enforce them, and companies must encourage their employees to do so.
The cost of recovering from a cyber attack can be colossal. Investing in your business security and a trusted IT Partner is a wise choice – and certainly more affordable than the cost of recovering from a cyber attack.
If you want to find out more about how you can protect your business get in touch today.