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How to Ensure Your Business is Secure Against Cyber Threats


The more we depend on and utilize the workings of a digital world, the more open we are to the incumbent threats associated with it. Our personal lives and businesses are increasingly reliant on a plethora of connected digital devices and networks to store data, work collaboratively and to communicate.


This means we are open to the threat of stolen data, viruses and all manner of cyber-attacks. It has never been more important to ensure that our business IT digital infrastructure security is robust and that our staff and teams are trained and informed about the latest cyber security strategies.


With that in mind, this article explores a few ways you can ensure your business is safe.


Don’t Rely on Manual Updates

Preventative maintenance is always the best policy when it comes to securing your digital infrastructures. It never costs as much to invest in cyber security as it does to pay the cost of cyber negligence. Not only can data breaches and other hack attacks result in lost revenue from unnecessary downtime, but it can also cost you in terms of damaged reputation and a loss of faith in your brand from existing and potential customers alike.


A simple way to ensure that your business is protected against such threats is by making sure that all your devices and software are up to date with the latest security patches. Your software and connected devices can be the frontline defense against cyber-attack, but they are also where most cyber criminals uncover any weaknesses in your system.


By setting up automatic updates for everything, you can rely on the latest security loopholes being closed before they can become exploited.


Train Your Staff and Keep Them Informed

Your staff are your most valuable security asset. Keeping them informed and updated with your latest internal cyber security policies and procedures will mean they are always aware of any potential threats, and are familiar with established preventative maintenance measures.


Keeping core IT staff well trained is critical and brings the cutting edge of cyber security into your business. Always seek training courses such as the NEC cyber security degree that adhere to the Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) model, as sponsored by both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.


Never Stop Backing Up

The importance of backing up your critical business data cannot be underestimated. This is not only in the case of a cyber security issue, but you never know when fire, natural disaster or simply a hard drive failure might cause a significant data loss event. If you have identified your business’s critical information — especially customer and financial data — and formulated a regular, automatic back up procedure then you will be able to recover from such an event rather than face financial losses. Consider making a few copies of your backup, even if you are saving to the cloud, and keep a copy of it securely offsite in case of fire. After all, you can never be too cautious when it comes to data backups.


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