In today’s online world, every company relies on the web in some shape or form, and with great power comes great responsibility. The responsibility to protect your business from cyber threats.

We love the world wide web for what it has done for companies and businesses – who doesn’t love a good online shopping spree?! But whether you’re using the web as an e-commerce store or just to store data and work together on Google Drive, there’s always the risk of cyber threats. 

 With an overwhelming number of cyber attacks every year, many companies (and individuals) still don’t prioritize cyber security. Here are 3 handy phrases that are straightforward and easy to apply to your company improve your cyber security and protect your business from cyber threats and unwanted attacks.

In 2020, 43% of cyber attacks were aimed at SMEs.

1. Encryption

As intimidating as it sounds, securing your network & data with encryption is fairly easy to understand, apply, and maintain. 

Encryption is basically disarranging your data in a way so that only those with permissions can access,  ‘rearrange’, and see the actual data clearly.  

You can do this with a VPN – something most companies already have in use, especially with the current WFH norm. There are many encryption tools and secure cloud services and apps available online, but as always, be wary when choosing…

2. Security Training

An important detail to take into account is that cyber security should be ongoing and maintained. 

It won’t hurt to incorporate security, safety, and consciousness into your company culture. Regular training sessions can help employees recognize their responsibility in keeping the company – their livelihood – safe. 

Keep employees informed about cyber threats. Educate them on the following:

  • What cyber attacks (phishing) can look like
  • The latest phishing trends 
  • How to detect phishing
  • Acting on security breaches

3. Password Protected

This goes without saying, but passwords are made to be kept safe, private, and protected at all times.  Some tips on how to password protection best practices:

  • Keep them unique to each account/platform
  • Passphrases are the new passwords (multiple unrelated words with both upper- and lowercase letters and numbers.)
  • Use a password manager – it’s much safer than your diary or notepad with a section named passwords!

A good rule of thumb is to be prepared for cyber threats. By knowing what’s out there, and keeping up with the latest cyber security news and trends, you’ll know what to look out for or when (insert Michael Scott meme) it’s happening.
Ensure you have regular backups of important data that is stored safely and have a plan in place in the case of a successful cyber attack.

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