There is no way to totally eliminate the possibility that your network will be compromised by a cyber attack. However, there are a number of steps that you can take to increase the security of your system. One such step is to educate your employees on cyber security best practices.
Three important cyber security best practices are:
These first two practices make it harder for bad actors to penetrate your system. By using strong passwords that are at least 15 characters long, are a mix of upper and lower case letters and symbols, and/or use a combination of words, it takes bad actors longer to hack your password. And by using multi-factor authentication, you require the bad actor to not only possess your password but some other identifiable information which makes hacking your account much more prohibitive.Pro Tip: Check the strength of your password and how long it would take to hack with a password strength tester.
When you make frequent backups you ensure that your data is safe even in the event of a data breach. Of course, in addition to making frequent backups, you must possess the ability to restore from those backups and must ensure that the backups are separated from your main network so that a data breach won’t allow access to them as well as your main system. But if you take the step of scheduling frequent backups that are secure and separate from your main system you decrease the time needed to recover from a breach as well as the money lost during the down time.
As part of our support as a National Cyber Security Month Champion, we put together a data sheet that you can print and post at your place of business (or distribute to your employees) with 11 important cyber security best practices. You can download the data sheet below. And, if you’re local, we invite you to come by the office and pick up a pre-printed copy any time during the month!