Ten Quick Questions to Protect your Business from Cybersecurity Threats

As the world becomes more and more digital, cybersecurity poses new risks to businesses, big and small.

Overlooking your responsibility to provide a safe and secure network leaves you vulnerable to damage and disaster, but often organisations don’t know where to begin.

Cybersecurity is no longer just to protect your business from hackers. Your customers demand assurance that their data is safe. Quick migrations to the cloud amid COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions have seen businesses gloss over the security of their network. It’s your responsibility to ensure your information and network is secure, so don’t risk it.

Help protect your business by completing this quick and easy security checklist:

1. Have you completed an IT risk assessment?

Before you act, evaluate your current standing. Identify potential risks and establish how well your IT infrastructure fares against cybersecurity threats, after which you’ll be able to determine any shortcomings, allowing you to form a foolproof risk-management strategy.

2. Have you secured your network perimeters?

From firewalls to email security software, hackers have a sharp eye to gain easy access into your network. Securing your network perimeters will remove vulnerability from malicious infiltration.

3. Do you have effective anti-malware software installed?

Having anti-malware may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how little research goes into choosing the best anti-malware product for your situation. To work effectively, your software must be up to date and fit for purpose.

4. Are your systems up to date?

A simple but powerful way to minimise entry points for hackers.

5. Have you set access privileges?

Not everyone needs access to everything. Tightening internal privileges reduces the risk of privacy breaches.

6. Do you have a removable media policy in place?

USBs and hard drives are convenient, but they create easy access for malware distribution. In this way, threats can inadvertently come from within, so cybersecurity isn’t just about protecting your network from the outside.

7. Are you using a VPN to maintain mobile security?

As businesses move to the cloud, you need to ensure your data is encrypted across publicly accessible networks.

8. Are you using secure passwords?

Your IT infrastructure isn’t foolproof if your passwords are too simple.

9. Have you disabled any redundant access?

We’re often prompted to update our systems, but updating access is easy to forget. Keep a firm grip on user access to prevent unnecessary threats.

10. When was the last time you tested your back-up?

If you haven’t done so in a while, performing a periodic backup and test restore is essential. It’s time to make this a priority.

Need help getting your network security in shape?

We’re here to help.

If you’re unsure about how to handle any of the points we’ve made above or need a hand to tighten your risk-management strategy, call us now…and because we use Vonex, you know we’ll answer!

Tel: (03) 9786 8763
Email: info@aspiretechnologies.com.au

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