The Importance of Cyber Security

How Secure Are Your IT Systems?

Poor cyber security is one of the largest threats that SMBs face. Don’t put yourself at risk, implement a strong cyber security strategy today to avoid the threat of attacks in the future.

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security is the protection of computer systems against theft or damage to hardware, software and electronic data. If criminals access these systems, they can disrupt or misdirect the services a business provides.

Think of it this way, cyber security is the umbrella that protects you – the business, from being caught in the storm (cyber-attacks/criminals). So, ensure that you’re prepared for a rainy day and always keep your ‘umbrella’ at hand!

How Do Cyber-Criminals Attack?

There are a number of tactics a cyber-criminal will use to infiltrate your systems; they often use multiple methods in a single attack, here are the main ones you can prepare for and prevent: 

Poor Passwords:

Using a basic graphics card, hackers can run almost half a billion eight-letter, lowercase password combinations per minute!

Your best defence against password hacking is to use unique passwords for each account and to regularly change them. The best passwords are random combinations of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

As an extra precaution, consider using a password manager. Contact Datek and discover how we can protect your existing data.

Phishing Emails:

Phishing emails are fake emails designed to prompt you to follow infected links or reveal passwords. This method has been steadily increasing so it’s vital that you’re aware of the threat and how to avoid it!

· Regularly train and update all employees on what phishing is and how to assess a threat. With up-to-date cyber security you can access automated software that will run phish threat assessments to identify false emails sent by hackers.

· Keep all browsers, software and operating systems updated with regular patches. Patches are specific changes made to a computer system or its supporting data that will fix or improve on what already exists.

· If you’re suspicious of an email, never click the link directly. Instead, re-type the URL into a search engine to identify whether or not it can be trusted.

Malware Attacks:

Malware attacks are usually infected websites, USB drives or software applications that capture data, passwords and keystrokes. To avoid being hacked via this method, it is recommended that you ensure that your business keeps all software up-to-date and have the appropriate firewalls in place. These will run malware detection scans on all devices and alert you if there is any suspicious activity. 

How can Datek help?

At Datek offer the right IT security software and services to help you manage your systems and prevent cyber-attacks. We provide 24/7 IT monitoring, a helpdesk of expert IT consultants and secure software solutions that can be added to all Microsoft systems. Meaning you can be confident that your data is secure, organised and easy to navigate.

If you want to ensure that your business is protected, contact us today for first-class solutions to all of your IT and security needs.