Aspect IT: Make sure your business is prepared for a cyber attack

By Danielle Skinner, Digital Marketing Executive 

October marks Cyber Security awareness month.

For many business owners, implementing cyber security within their organisation can be a daunting task.

With an understanding of the basics, however, you can go a long way to making your business more secure against a possible cyber attack.

Produce an action plan: If your business should be unfortunate enough to fall victim of an attack, it pays to have an action plan already in place for dealing with such an event, to avoid making a bad situation worse. 

Once a plan has been produced you need to ensure all members of staff are given the procedure and be confident that they understand it fully. 

Create a password policy: Having a simple and easy password makes it easier for hackers to guess. 

To create a strong password, we advise you use a mixture of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters. 

Avoid using any personal information in your password.

Internet and link policy: Malware can compromise your system through inadvertently downloading malicious software from websites and from emails that all too often seem completely innocent. 

Create a policy and guide for your staff to educate them on what to look out for.

Software protection: Purchasing software to help protect your systems and patch vulnerabilities is vital. 

Without software protection you are leaving yourself vulnerable, and potentially making your business more attractive to would be attackers.

Get yourself an IT team: If you’re a small to medium-sized business, it may not be viable to employ a full-time employee or team to look after cyber-security. 

Outsourcing your IT can be a cost-effective solution to help protect your business, and give you access to expertise that may otherwise be missing from your organisation. 

Why use an outsourced IT organisation?

At Aspect IT, we have experienced, qualified technicians, who can advise you on how to best protect your business from potential cyber-attacks. 

We pride ourselves on our high level of customer support, and we are geared towards providing cost effective services to SMEs.

If you have concerns about the security infrastructure of your business, contact 0161 241 9050 to speak with one of our consultants.

Aspect IT, based in Springhead, offers IT support, cloud services, website design, software development, and more. Visit their website: www.aspectit.co.uk or call them on: 0161 241 9050.

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