The Importance of Computer Security
Cyber Security is more important than ever. The threat of cybercrime to businesses is rising fast, with the costs incurred by UK business running into billions!
Cyberattacks can be extremely expensive for businesses to deal with, but it is not just financial damage you need to worry about - a data breach can have a devastating effect on your reputation. Customers will lose trust in your business and go elsewhere to spend their money. Having a bad reputation for poor security will also put potential new clients off sending business your way.
IoT (Internet of Things) - devices that are connected to the internet - are becoming increasingly common. Although they can make our life easier, if not managed properly, they could provide cyber criminals with a way into a business. It is a good idea to regularly assess your IoT devices security weaknesses to help identify and address any risks.
With highly sophisticated attacks now more common than ever, businesses need to prepare for a breach and implement controls that help them to detect and respond to malicious activity before it causes a serious problem.
Whether you use your computer for work or personal use, it is important to keep its precious contents safe. There are several basic measures you can take yourself to ensure that your system is secure. Here are our top 5 tips to help keep your computer safe:
Keep up to date with system and security updates. As well as adding extra features, they can also cover security holes
Enable a firewall. This will act as a barrier between your computer or network and the internet by effectively closing the ports that prevent communication with your device. Threats will be stopped from entering your system and data will be prevented from leaving your computer.
Adjust your browser settings and change the level of privacy and security while you browse to lower the risk of malware infections and malicious attacks.
Install antivirus and anti-spyware software – it’s not completely fool proof but it will definitely help!
Password protect your software & lock your device. Just be sure not to use the same password across all applications – it will make it far too easy for hackers to steal your identity!
But let’s not forget it is not just criminal attacks that businesses need to consider when assessing their cyber security risks. The EU General Data Protection (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. The regulation which came into force on 25th May 2018 and now shapes the way in which data is handled across every sector. Any organisations that are not compliant could now face heavy fines. Are you up to date with what changes you need to implement to be GDPR compliant?
It is worth mentioning that computer security also improves your machines health, helping to prevent viruses and allowing programs to run more smoothly. So if you looking to upgrade your security but are put off by the costs or the confusing range of tools and services available, please contact me on 07563 441261 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a chat about how best to achieve optimum security for your computer systems.