Now that you know what to be on the lookout for, we’ll share some tips on how to prevent you and your data from being a target for cybercriminals. Better safe than sorry!
Keep your software up-to-date: cybersecurity and cybercrime is often a cat-and-mouse game. Criminals find new ways to exploit systems. Software engineers and security experts continuously try to stay a step ahead by finding and patching (un)known vulnerabilities. Make sure you regularly check your critical software systems for the newest (security) patches.
Consider your network infrastructure an investment: for many businesses, having their IT infrastructure up and running is a main priority. “As long as it works”. This attitude will cause more damage in the long run, as maintenance and security upgrades are often added as an afterthought. By investing in proper hardware and expertise, you ensure that you won’t as easily be victim of ransomware or a data breach. Don’t skimp on cybersecurity! Your customers will thank you.
Be aware of your security policies: have you thought about what to do in case malicious activity is detected in your network? Or how frequent you perform tests and updates? How and where your backups are stored and verified in the case you are a victim of ransomware? Having a proper (digital) security policy in place helps prevent cybercrime within your organisation. Furthermore, it reduces the impact of possible breaches.
Train yourself and those around you: the human factor is the weakest link in digital security and Social Engineering is on the rise. Know what to look out for and teach those around you. This goes from double checking the sender address on an email (tip: copy-paste it in a text editor and change font to see if anything weird is going on there) to password security and physical protection of devices such as laptop cases with locks. Stay vigilant!
Take some time to think about the above. Should you need some help in checking your digital security and to think about proper procedures; we can help. Make use of our free Security Consult and we’ll go through your infrastructure and policies to see how well you have protected yourself against digital threats. Just shoot us an email!