A 2014 government survey reported that 81% of large organisations had experienced a security breach.
This costs each organisation, on average, between £600,000 and £1.5 million. Below are some tips for how to defend your business against cyber attacks.
Basic steps to secure your business
- Use strong passwords - use three random words together, along with upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols (e.g. DogHatYawn*49)
- Use anti-virus software and firewalls - this helps prevent your network getting infected with viruses and malware
- Download software updates - they contain security upgrades so download as soon as they appear
- Delete suspicious emails - they may contain fraudulent requests or contain links to virus that could infect your system
- Train your staff - making your staff aware of threats can reduce accidental security compromises
In response to the rise in cyber crime, the government launched its Cyber Essentials scheme. Cyber Essentials provides a solid foundation of basic security measures that all organisations can impliment and develop. Whilst it is not a guarantee against all cyber attacks, implementing these measures can significantly reduce vulnerability. Organisations facing advanced, targeted attacks will need to implement additional security measures.
The Assurance Framework allows customers to identify organisations that have met basic cyber security standards and those that have not. Organisations can attain two levels of certification:
- Cyber Essentials - conducted through verified self-assessment
- Cyber Essentials Plus - conducted through external testing of the organisations security approach
More information about Cyber Essentials and details on how to be assessed can be found here.