As the Government’s deal with Huawei hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, we find that Cyber Security is headline news once again. Involving the Chinese tech giant in the building of infrastructure for the UK’s 5G has brought criticism from security experts and threats from the US to stop sharing critical intelligence. Previously thought of as an issue to hand over to your IT department and forget about, major hacks of large corporations over the past two years have revealed that weak cyber security very much poses a business risk. For SMEs with limited budgets and no delegated personnel, what low cost points can you implement to reduce your business’s risk?

1.  Manage your people

Time and again it has been shown that it is pure human error that creates the biggest risk to a business. Whether this is from the use of weak passwords, mishandling of customer data, inappropriate internet use or failing to securely protect the details of a payment card, any one of these can lead to a data breach. Make sure your business has established processes in place for creating and storing passwords (we like Last Pass ), that your internet usage policy is clearly defined (perhaps consider assigning one computer solely for payment purposes) and that each staff member can only access the data that they need.

2.  Keep a Clean Machine

We know that those reminders that pop up asking you to update your computer are slow and tend to happen at the least convenient moment, but making sure that your computer’s operating system, anti-virus software and web browsers are running the most up to date programme is key to staying cyber secure. Malware, viruses and hackers like to look for vulnerabilities within a programme, and these are often to be found in old versions that haven’t been updated, so next time Windows tells you it has 23,765 updates, let it run.

3.  Back up, Back up and Back up again

The importance of making sure that all of your business data is backed up on a regular basis cannot be underestimated. Make sure that all critical data is set to be backed up automatically, if you cannot set it to this then make sure it is done at least daily and store copies offsite or in the Cloud. Critical data includes financial, accounting and personnel files plus any word processing documents or spreadsheets crucial to your business. 

We hope that you enjoyed our key tips on keeping your business safe in our increasingly digital world. If you’d like any assistance with any of the services that we offer such as secure storage and document digitisation please get in touch at bookings@tiptopmedia.co.uk