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13 August 2020
An increase in remote access traffic during lockdown periods can create additional vulnerabilities in otherwise secure internal computer systems. This is why it's important to have some best practice policies in place to minimise the chances of a cyber event or data breach.
Here are some easy steps your business can take to reduce your exposure.
Ensure all software being used by employees working remotely is up to date. Automatic updates can be turned on in the general computer settings areas of all laptops/PC computers and this will ensure that the computer itself checks for the most up to date operating software for installed applications every day.
It is also recommended that your employees conduct regular virus scans of their computer using the built in or purchased virus protection software. Security programmes such as MacAfee, Norton and MacKeeper all have scan options that will scan all files to ensure no malware or other harmful files exist on the computer. They can also be set to scan incoming attachments and online downloads prior to these being allowed onto the local network to ensure they do not contain malicious content.
Ensure critical business data is backed up, stored and easily recoverable (run tests to ensure the backup works as plan prior to closure). Using external or cloud based service providers is the safest practice as it ensures that your back up data is kept in a location separate to your business operation.
Ensure your staff are security aware and take the right measures to protect themselves, the company and your customers. As staff work remotely it’s a good time to remind employees:
Ensure your staff know how to spot common phishing attacks as these are already on the rise in the remote environment. Actions such as those outlined below can assist:
One of our core responsibilities as a broker is to ensure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about the risks your business faces.
With the effects of Covid-19 being felt in a number of ways by our clients across the country, we wanted to share some advice to help you protect your business during this difficult time.