Does Your Business Have Any “Cyber Security Skeletons” in the Closet?”

16 October 2023

Let’s dive into a topic that might give you the chills — cyber security skeletons in the closet. You may not have old skeletons hidden away in the basement. But there’s a good chance of cyber security vulnerabilities lurking in the shadows. Just waiting to wreak havoc.

You can’t fix what you can’t see. It’s time to shine a light on these hidden dangers. So you can take action to protect your business from potential cyber threats.

Let’s get started uncovering threats that could leave your business in danger. Here are some of the most common cyber security issues faced by SMBs.

Outdated Software: The Cobweb-Covered Nightmare

We get it; updating software can be a hassle. But running outdated software is like inviting hackers to your virtual Halloween party.

When software vendors release updates, they often include crucial security patches. These patches fix vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. So, don’t let outdated software haunt your business. Keep everything up to date to ensure your digital fortress is secure. A trusted IT Support partner like Novix IT would include these updates to look after your estate.

Weak Passwords: The Skeleton Key for Cyber Criminals

If your passwords are weak, you might as well be handing out your office keys to cyber criminals and using “123456” or “password” as your login credentials is a big no-no.

Instead, create strong and unique passwords for all accounts and devices. Consider using a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Password managers can be a lifesaver for generating and storing complex passwords securely.

As a business owner, you can’t expect your employees to do this naturally. Provide them with requirements for creating passwords. You can also set up software to force strong password creation.

Unsecured Wi-Fi: The Ghostly Gateway of Cyber Security

Picture this: a cybercriminal sitting in a parked car outside your office in Edinburgh or London. He’s snooping on your business’s unsecured Wi-Fi network. Scary, right? Unsecured Wi-Fi can be a ghostly gateway for hackers to intercept sensitive data.

Ensure your Wi-Fi is password-protected and your router uses WPA2 or WPA3 encryption for an added layer of security. For critical business tasks, consider a virtual private network (VPN). It can shield your data from prying eyes.

Lack of Employee Training on Cyber Security: The Haunting Ignorance

Your employees can be your business’s strongest line of defence or its weakest link. Employee error is the cause of approximately 88% of all data breaches.

Without proper cyber security training, your staff might unknowingly fall victim to phishing scams. Or inadvertently expose sensitive information. Regularly educate your team about cyber security best practices.

Such as:

  • Recognising phishing emails
  • Avoiding suspicious websites
  • Using secure file-sharing methods

No Data Backups: The Cryptic Catastrophe

Imagine waking up to find your business’s data gone, vanished into the digital abyss. Without backups, this nightmare can become a reality. Data loss can be due to hardware failures or ransomware attacks. As well as many other unforeseen disasters.

Embrace the 3-2-1 rule. Have at least three copies of your data stored on two different media types. With one copy stored securely offsite. Regularly test your backups to ensure they are functional and reliable.

No Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): The Ghoulish Gamble

Using only a password to protect your accounts is asking for trouble. It’s like having nothing but a screen door at the entrance of your business.

Adding MFA provides an extra layer of protection. Users must give extra authentication factors, such as a one-time code or passkey. This makes it much harder for cyber attackers to breach your accounts.

Disregarding Mobile Security: The Haunted Phones

Mobile devices have become office workhorses. But they can also be haunted by security risks. Ensure that all company-issued devices have passcodes or biometric locks enabled. Consider implementing Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Mobile Application Management (MAM) solutions. These will enable you to enforce security policies. As well as remotely wipe data and ensure devices stay up to date.

Shadow IT: The Spooky Surprise

Shadow IT refers to the use of unauthorized applications within your business. It might seem harmless when employees use convenient tools they find online. However, these unvetted applications can pose serious security risks.

Put a clear policy for using software and services within your business. Regularly audit your systems to uncover any shadow IT lurking under cover.

Incident Response Plan: The Horror Unleashed

Even with all precautions in place, security incidents can still happen. Without an incident response plan, an attack can leave your business scrambling.

Develop a comprehensive incident response plan. It should outline critical items. Such as how your team will detect, respond to, and recover from security incidents. Regularly test and update the plan to ensure its effectiveness.

Need Some “Threat Busters” to Improve Your Cyber Security?

Don’t let cyber security skeletons in the closet haunt your business. Novix IT can help you find and fix potential vulnerabilities. As well as create a robust security posture that protects your business.

Give us a call today to schedule a cyber security assessment.


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This Article has been Republished with Permission from The Technology Press.

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