Is Your Business Secure?

box support LFor the vast majority of businesses, cyber threats can no longer be considered an ‘annoyance which can be dealt with if or when it happens’. In today’s Internet-based world, organisations big and small need to take proactive action to mitigate the risks of an assault on their IT systems.

In our increasingly connected world, the Internet provides unlimited benefits and opportunities for businesses – but, at the same time, it’s open ground for criminals and hackers  to exploit any weaknesses they can find.

With the number of attacks almost doubling each year, for many businesses it will just be a matter of time before they are affected. We urge you to take this matter seriously.

PC Futures IT Security experts

10 Top Security Tips

  • Train employees – establish security practices and policies for employees and create a culture which takes cybersecurity seriously.
  • Protect your systems – install latest software updates to protect against the newest online threats.
  • Provide firewall security – ensure this is correctly configured. If employees work from home, ensure their home system(s) are also protected.
  • Don’t forget mobile devices – make sure laptops, tablets and smartphones all have adequate safeguards and reporting procedures in place if lost or stolen.
  • Backup – check all critical data is regularly (preferably automatically) backed up to a secure off-site location.
  • Control physical access – secure building entry points, consider CCTV installation, ensure visitors are properly managed and IT areas locked.
  • Secure your Wi-Fi – if you have a Wi-Fi network for your workplace, make sure it is secure, encrypted and hidden.
  • Payment cards – if you take card payments, make sure validation and anti-fraud systems are in place. Don’t use the same computer to process payments and surf the Internet.
  • Restrict employee rights – staff should only be given access to systems they need for their jobs and should not be able to install new software without permission.
  • Password policy – require employees to use unique passwords which are changed at pre-set times. Consider implementing multi-level access authentication to highly sensitive systems.

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IT Security is an Insurance Policy – you should never have to claim

For many years, the average small or medium sized business was an unlikely target for a cyber-attack. Fewer rich pickings and a relatively unknown brand worked in their favour as it wasn’t worth the time and effort for the average cyber-crook or delinquent hacker. But not anymore.

Smaller companies are becoming increasingly attractive because they often have weaker online security. They’re also doing more business than ever online and retaining greater amounts of information, much of which may include personal details of customers, suppliers and staff. To a hacker, that translates into a potential treasure trove of sensitive data behind a door with an easy to pick lock.  And if you have any large enterprises as customers, you’re an even more enticing target as you’re also an entry point to them.

At PC Futures we understand that budget constraints means that spending money on perceived threats can be seen as ‘over and above’ what is needed. Perhaps the best way to think of security products like anti spam and anti virus is to think of them as insurance policies.  You hope you never need to claim on them but they give you peace of mind

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  • Keeping you secure with Anti Virus & Anti Spam Solutions.

  • Keeping your data safe with Backup and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solutions

  • Modern IT Platforms with Cloud technologies and Procurement advice and IT Kit supplies

  • Keeping you working with Managed Services, Holiday Cover and Real Time Monitoring.

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  • Making the right choices with Procurement and Supply.

  • Managing the work load with Project Management and Holiday Cover.

  • Making sure you have the right information with our Second Opinion services.

  • Making the most of what you have with our Training services.

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