6 tips on how to protect your business against a cyber attack
Understanding how to protect your business against a cyber attack is a challenge that every business needs to tackle head on. If the threat is not addressed, there’s a high probability that when you attempt to start a normal working day, you’ll open your PC and realise that your business critical systems aren’t working. After a call with IT you’ll ascertain that your business has been hit by a cyber-attack; that’s when the panic will set in.
Your first thoughts are likely to be along the lines of:
- “How can we get back online asap?”
- “Can we serve our customers in the meantime?”
- “What communications need to go out?”
- “What damage will this do to our reputation?”
Sadly, I hear regular horror stories from many different types of businesses. From those who have had to pay £20,000+ ransoms to unlock their systems, through to businesses going into administration as a result of a cyber attack.
Depending on how well you are prepared will determine how quickly (or if!) you can get your business back online.
Don’t have a false sense of security thinking it won’t happen to you. Malware and viruses are constantly being sent out into the world targeting many businesses.
Just last year, one of the top news stories was about how multiple organisations were being hit by the WannaCry ransomware attack, including the NHS. The problem was that these organisations were running old software and hardware which weren’t up to date or backed up properly.
What can you do to protect your business against a cyber attack?
Upgrading your systems is a highly advised way of helping to prevent business critical issues occurring. But for some companies, this can take time and resources which can’t be allocated in the short term. However, there are still measures that can be taken.
Here are my top 6 tips on actions you can take right now to protect your business against a cyber attack:
If you don’t have the resources in-house to be prepared and cyber-secure, there are companies like m-hance that can help. Don’t leave it until it’s too late!