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Common Cyber Security Mistakes Businesses Should Avoid

Common Cyber Security Mistakes Businesses Should Avoid

Cyber security is vital to the security of your business, your employees, and your clients safety.

It’s important to know the mistakes to avoid.

Listed below are the 5 most common cyber mistakes businesses make which could have a negative impact on your business, and damage your reputation.

We all get those alerts which say there’s an update available with the options to update now or schedule for later.  When employees are in the moment with their projects and deadlines to meet, it’s tempting to schedule for later.  However, occasionally the updates aren’t scheduled and therefor get missed.

These updates play a crucial role in safeguarding your business data.

Below are the reasons why these updates are crucial;

  • They address vulnerabilities in the device’s security
  • Resolve desktop glitches
  • Tackle known threats
  • Protects against cyber attacks
  • Enhances the efficiency and user experience
  • Happier clients

It’s not enough to rely solely on your hosting provider for backups, multiple backup options are essential.

Many businesses fail to back up their website, and, this is one of the biggest cyber security mistakes. Always back up to a secure off-site location which is shielded from attackers.

Automate your backup process and allow scheduled backups and a robust recovery system.

Need help with this? Our team of experts will be able to walk you through it.

If employees are unaware of cyber risks and are not receiving regular cyber awareness training, business owners raise the risk of cyber-attacks.

A wise team makes a strong team and ultimately a strong business.

A strong cyber security policy could be your solution to shielding your business by decreasing its vulnerability.

The benefits of having a cyber security policy in place for everyone in your business.

  • Identify and understand the cyber risks your business faces
  • Put solutions in place to protect against those risks
  • Wise employees who know what to do and what not to do
  • Everyone within the business knowing protocols to follow upon identifying a phishing email or anything suspicious

Having a cyber security policy in place ensures everyone understands the role they play in the security of the business.

Imagine if the policy wasn’t in place… weak passwords, sensitive data being shared with unauthorised staff or externally, the breach of confidentiality, and allowing phishing attacks by not being educated.

The risk of distraction or not paying close enough attention to detail often leads to employees not reading emails properly.  This leads to them not noticing the signs of phishing which are;

  • Public email domains
  • Misspelled domain names                                                                         
  • Bad grammar and spelling
  • Suspicious attachments/links
  • Sense of urgency

Employees missing or not paying attention to the signs above, leads them into clicking on a suspicious link and falling victim to a cyber-attack.  This will have devastating consequences.

  • Secure your domains
  • Back up your website
  • Train your employees on cyber security and how to spot phishing emails
  • Have a cyber security policy in place for everyone in your business to adhere to

Need some help with the above?

Our experienced engineers here at Innovec will be more than happy to walk you through the solutions above and also provide cyber security training for your staff.

Get in touch with our team to arrange a call at a time which suits you, to talk through how we can help secure your business.