Are you doing enough to protect your business online? In recent times, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more businesses have moved to a remote workforce – meaning more digital networks and touchpoints are being brought into play. It’s important to make a cyber security plan to protect your business assets.
Protecting your business’ IP
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has warned that with more employees working from home, businesses are exposed to new cyber threats including fraud attempts, scams and email schemes. Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common, costing Australian business an alarming A$1M every day.
Each of your devices is a possible entry point to your sensitive data and business details. To make cyber defence plan for these devices, first you need to understand your business’ existing cyber security setup and vulnerabilities. Once you have determined the level of risk your business is exposed to, you can then rectify any possible weaknesses.
Here are five steps you can take to protect your business online.
1. Avoid using personal devices
Using personal devices can open your business up to cyber threats. If possible, it’s best to stick to your work devices to carry out your business. If this is not possible, ensure passwords are compulsory on all devices and use secure data back-ups.
2. Train your team
The cyber landscape is ever-changing. It’s important for you and your staff to stay up to date with the latest information so you are aware and equipped to stay safe online.
3. Connect securely
When connecting to Wi-Fi, you should always use a trusted and secure connection. As a rule, it’s best to avoid Wi-Fi hotspots or freely accessible Wi-Fi as these networks can expose your business to targeted cyber attacks.
4. Make use of multi-factor authentication
Multi-factor authentication adds additional layers of security to protect your sensitive information. This method is very effective when it comes to preventing cyber criminals from gaining access to your business’ online material. There are many types of multi-factor authentications, ranging from secret security questions to external security keys that generate a unique code each time you log in.
5. Back up your data
Regularly backing up your data helps prepare and protect your business should you fall victim to a cyber attack. In many scenarios, it’s necessary to erase and re-install your devices to repair them.
The tech experts at Telstra Technology Centre Melbourne South are here to help you determine how your business’ existing cyber-security stands up, and what measures you can take to help better protect your business. Call the cyber security experts at TBTC Melbourne South on 1300 669 103 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a cyber security audit for your business today.