Train employees establish security practices and policies for employees and create a culture that takes cyber security seriously.
Protect your systems – install the latest software updates to protect against the latest online threats. Carry out inside-out and outside-in penetration testing.
Provide firewall security – ensure this is correctly configured. If employees work from home, ensure their home system(s) are also protected.
Don’t forget mobile devices – make sure laptops, tablets and smartphones all have adequate safeguards and reporting procedures in place if lost or stolen.
Backup – check all critical data is regularly (preferably automatically) backed up to a secure off-site location.
Control physical access – secure building entry points, consider CCTV installation, ensure visitors are properly managed and IT areas locked.
Secure your Wi-Fi – if you have a Wi-Fi network for your workplace, make sure it is secure and encrypted. Do not allow visitors to use – provide a secure, separate guest network if you want to offer this facility.
Payment cards – if you take card payments, make sure validation and anti-fraud systems are in place and that you are fully PCI compliant. Don’t use the same computer to process payments and surf the Internet.
Restrict employee rights – staff should only be given access to systems they need for their jobs and should not be able to install new software without permission.
Password policy – require employees to use unique passwords which are changed at pre-set times. Consider implementing multi-level access authentication to highly sensitive systems.
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