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Cyber Security tips for small businesses

Cyber Security tips for small businesses
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Cyber Security tips for small businesses
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

We, at Capital Space , have recently received a Cyber Essentials certificate – awarded from a Government backed scheme – for taking measures to protect our IT security against a cyber-attack. Managing cyber security as a small business is a necessity but it can also be very costly. However, there are many things you can do to maintain your cyber security , all whilst keeping costs down and protecting your business data and reputation. Read on for some of our key tips to help protect your business from a cyber attack.

Backing up your data:

All businesses, regardless of size, ideally should take regular backups of their important data, and make sure that these backups are recent and can be restored. By doing so, you are ensuring your business can still function following something like a cyber attack. When deciding to back up your data it’s worth considering:

  1. Identifying the most important pieces of data you have so you don’t overload your backup computer;
  2. Making sure backing up your data is a part of your everyday business activity, as something could occur any time or day;
  3. Using the cloud storage so you can access your data on different devices.

Malware protection:

When downloading software or website content for your business you may come across malware which is malicious software. They are deceiving and look just like a normal software, but they can destroy your data and disrupt business by infecting it with a virus. There are many ways you can prevent malware from getting into your computers system:

  1. Have antivirus software installed;
  2. Frequent updates on your IT equipment;
  3. Prevent staff from downloading certain software applications on work IT;
  4. Switch on your firewall.

Keeping work gear safe:

Regardless of your business type, it is essential to keep your work IT safe. Not only are the items themselves at risk, but also the data within them could be confidential and put your business and your clients or customers at risk to a cyber-attack too. By making sure your gear is password protected or has a data-wiping protocol installed in case of theft, it decreases such risk and protects your reputation and safety.

Passwords to protect data:

Despite it seeming like such a common practise nowadays, password protection remains an effective method when it comes to data protection. It is such a simple way of making sure your devices and your business data is protected from malware or cyber attacks. Even doing small things like protecting the most important documents goes a mile with data protection.

  1. Make sure you always switch on password protection;
  2. Change default passwords;
  3. When given the option of 2-way verification, choose this option;
  4. Give staff personal, non-shared access, at the lowest level needed to do their job.

Here at Capital Space, we take cyber security seriously and want to maintain the protection of our resident businesses and their customers. Contact us for more information on cyber security and how to get a Cyber Essentials certificate.