Cyber Security - Is your business secure?

Businesses today rely so heavily on their IT infrastructure. This is why it is important to make sure that your business has effective cyber security measures. A single cyber security breach can cost a small company time and money and can be catastrophic. In this article we will be exploring some of the potential cyber security threats of today and what counter measures can be taken to prevent them.

Malware protection

Malware is malicious software that has been written with the specific intention of harming and infecting a host computer system. Types of malware include viruses, Trojan horses, ransomware and adware. All malware can potentially cause issues such as slowing down systems and stealing data. Thankfully, countermeasures for malware exist in the form of anti-virus, malware and ransomware protection software. Interhost recommend that you pick a cyber security package which specialises in the prevention of new sophisticated viruses. We also recommend protection which regularly schedules updates so your systems are protected from new types of evolving malware. A lot of businesses run the risk of not updating their anti-virus software which can leave their systems exposed.

Penetration testing

A preventative method of cyber security is penetration testing. Penetration testing involves systematically experimenting with your IT infrastructure to find if there are any weak points which can be exploited by anyone with malicious intent. This method is very useful because it can help you identify an issue before it becomes a problem so that you can fix it. Penetration testing uses the same methods that a hacker would if they were trying to breach your businesses IT security. We recommend that you consider penetration testing because it will help you keep your cyber security up to date with the latest hacking techniques and methods and keep your businesses IT data secure. You will also be able to identify flaws in your own IT systems before they can be abused.

Data backups

Just as it is important to protect your data, it is equally necessary to back it up. Should your defences fail, a backup plan will ensure that you do not lose everything. If you do not take a backup you are running the risk of losing all that you have should an error occur to your IT systems. Losing everything could be disastrous for a  small businesses so data backups are essential. We recommend that you use a cloud storage system through a third-party specialist, this way all your data is secure and you do not have to worry about taking care of technical jargon which you may not understand.

Cyber security is a real threat to many businesses who do not fully understand the risks. We hope that after reading this article, you will review your current security systems, and if necessary think about upgrading. If you have any questions or you are thinking about a new security package, feel free to get in contact with us and we will be happy to assist you.

Written on 5th June 2019

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