At BYRONS the security of your data is of primary importance to our business and as such we take Cyber Security very seriously including all the security steps below and more.
Below is a stocktake on how you are approaching Cyber Security in your own business. Take some time to consider and if needs be, make some changes in how you address this threat and update your staff.
The way we work continues to change and many people across all industries and businesses now work remotely. The result is cyber threats are a common topic and we would like you to have an important refresher on keeping your business information safe.
Security steps for businesses and BYRONS clients to help make your business safe
- Strengthen your passwords: Using strong, unique passwords is crucial. Think of your password as the key to your virtual office. Avoid easy-to-guess choices like “123456” or “password.” Instead, create complex passwords with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Add Extra Security Layers: Use an extra layer of security, known as “two-factor authentication” (2FA). This means you’ll need to enter a temporary code from your phone, in addition to your password, making it much harder for unauthorized individuals to gain access.
- Keep Your Devices Up to Date: Regularly update your computers and software. These updates often include important security improvements that protect your data from cyber threats.
- Safeguard Your Internet Connection: If you’re using public Wi-Fi, be cautious. Public networks can be less secure. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) to create a secure connection when working remotely.
- Beware of Email Scams: Be cautious with emails from unknown senders and avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading unfamiliar attachments. Cybercriminals frequently use emails to trick people into compromising their computers.
- Understand Phishing: Familiarize yourself with the concept of “phishing.” Be cautious of emails that impersonate trusted sources to trick you into revealing sensitive information. Always double-check emails requesting personal or financial details.
- Create and Review Company Policies: Establish and review your business’s remote work guidelines and security protocols. These guidelines are designed to protect your staff, business, and reputation.
- Have a Plan for Security Incidents: Be prepared for any potential security incidents. Know who to contact within your business if you suspect a security breach. Prompt reporting can lead to faster resolution.
Securing Work Environments: Best Practices For SME
By following these best practice security steps, it helps businesses to maintain a professional and secure work environment, safeguarding valuable information and customer confidence. These measures can be likened to locking the front door of your virtual office, ensuring a safe and secure digital workspace for all stakeholders.
BYRONS, through it’s Partners Seccom Global, offers Cyber Security reviews for our clients. If, after reading the above, you would like us to review your Cyber Security framework, please contact us.
Directors have cyber security responsibilities as emphasized by ASIC Chairman Joe Longo, for more information on meeting these cyber security obligations see the news article: DIRECTORS WARNED OF THEIR CYBER SECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES
By Paul Breedon, Partner at BYRONS.