Cyber Security – What Are Your Next Steps to Becoming Secure?

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Cyber Security – What Are Your Next Steps to Becoming Secure?

Business risks come in many forms, but your cyber security issues represent one of the most challenging for many organisations. Here are some simple steps that will help you become cyber secure.

The Risk of Cyber Security

Computers and mobile devices hold more information than ever before. They are used in all areas of business. This makes them a serious target for cyber criminals and hackers.

Cyber attacks are increasingly common. In the last year we have reported on several which caused considerable problems for businesses in the UK.

Maintaining a high level of cyber security is vital to your business. It protects your important business information, including your customers personal and financial information, and keeps your computer systems safe from other threats which could compromise their functionality, such as viruses, malware and ransomware.

Prevention Rather Than Cure

The government backed Cyber Essentials scheme helps businesses to do precisely this. Wood ITC are Cyber Essentials certified and can work with your business to make sure you stay safe.

Preventing problems is definitely the best method for staying cyber secure. If you lose data from an attack, there are ways of retrieving your data and getting a company’s systems back online. But this can be complicated and time consuming. By ensuring that your business is protected in the first instance, you can make sure that your business stays secure. To become cyber secure there are a number of elements that your business should consider.

1. Make Assessments

Assess your systems and your IT environment. Running regular penetration tests on your network and systems will enable you to identify known and newly emerging security vulnerabilities.

Make your assessments on a regular basis and keep up to date on the ever-changing security landscape. This will allow you to see where your vulnerabilities are and where you could be at risk from a cyber attack.

Wood ITC are able to support you in carrying out penetration testing. We work with certified professionals that are Cyber Essentials certified.

2. Monitor

Having layers of protection and monitoring it regularly is essential. High-end technologies that track and monitor your network in real-time are ideal and will keep you safer.

Business cyber security protection should include the following:-

  • Firewall protection
  • Anti-spam
  • Anti-virus
  • Mail Defence

3. Processes and People

The simple truth is that most data breaches and security issues are caused by poor business processes and employee activity and negligence.

Evaluating all of your business processes is highly important to see if there is any vulnerability in the way you store and share data.

Your employees need to be engaged with cyber security. It needs to be an integral part of your daily activity. People are often the weakest part of your security. They can leave passwords or devices unsecure, open attachments and websites they shouldn’t, and in the worst case scenarios, engage in malicious activity.

4. Maintain Continuity

Businesses are built on plans. A business continuity plan will help you make the right arrangements for what happens in the event of disaster.

Ensuring that you can get your data, applications and systems back working after an attack will mean your business can continue working too.

Become Cyber Essentials Certified

Protection comes in many forms, from protection software to regular checks and tests. But it also comes through good management. Becoming Cyber Essentials certified should be a management decision that will secure and boost your business

Wood ITC are Security Specialists with years of experience in helping a sizes of business secure their data assets.We can help you increase organisations security and reduce your exposure to Cyber Crime.

As an accredited Cyber Essentials certification body, we will help you conduct your assessment, report the outcome to the Accreditation Body and supply you with your certificate.

We also provide consultancy services to help improve your security practices and secure vulnerabilities within your IT systems and software.

If you’d like to discuss how Wood ITC can help you obtain these accreditations without the headache or you’re unsure which certification is more relevant to your business, click here to arrange a chat with one of our team.

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