It’s easy to become complacent about IT security. We’re always informing our customers of the latest threats and security issues that may increase the risk to their business. Sometimes however going back to basics is required, just as a double-check to make sure you’ve got all bases covered. In this article, we’ll be outlining the top 10 things your IT provider should be proactively maintaining on your business technology.
Acronyms aside, multi-factor authentication is the most basic security setting that should be enabled across the entire workforce. Without it, all a hacker needs is to guess of your password or successfully “phish” your email.
2) Password Enforcement
Everybody hates having to use a strong password. Home many times are you asked to change your password? Can you remember them all? Use a passphrase; instead, these are usually easier to remember are far more secure.
3) Phishing Emails
Having an awareness of phishing emails and what to spot is probably one of the best practices you can employ. This includes looking at the URL in a link, checking the sender email and spotting any glaring mistakes in the copy of the email. These are always red flags which should be checked if you are being asked to click something in an email.
4) Anti Virus
Proper anti virus protection seems like such a non-topic. It’s taken for granted, but it shouldn’t be. New computer viruses appear regularly, so it’s essential to have antivirus software that is continuously up to date.
Patching is the insider term for keeping Windows updates up to date. Microsoft Windows has an inbuilt update feature that will annoy you to update your machine when a critical update is necessary. Don’t ignore these prompts – you may be increasing your security risk if you keep delaying updates.
If your business is unfortunate to be one of the many organisations that are a victim of cybercrime each year, you want to be prepared to allow a quick recovery.
It’s vital you have a working backup solution that is tested regularly to make sure you can recover in the event that your files are held to ransom.
When you have old members of staff that leave the organisation, it’s always one of the last things to think about – their email and account. Keep your IT provider informed about employee’s leaving the company so that their accounts can be blocked and archived in line with standard operating policy.
An open Wi-Fi network with no password is a significant security flaw. It might seem like a great idea to have a public system so visitors can quickly join. Best practice to have a secure corporate Wi-Fi network and a segregated guest network with password enforcement on both.
Device encryption is something that you should have enabled on all desktop, laptop and mobile devices as standard. If a piece of hardware gets into the wrong hands, it can easily be cracked, and the data copied.
10) USB Keys
USB Keys are handy for sharing and transferring data; however, they’re also one of the most significant security risks. If you lose a key that has essential data, there’s no telling who will get hold of it. There are much more secure ways to transfer files that do not require the use of a physical device.
If you would like to find out more details on any of the topics such as cloud email security, back up solutions or MFA covered in this article, please get in touch with us.