Is your business protected from cyber-attacks?  

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In today’s digital age, cyber-attacks are an ever-present threat that can severely impact businesses and charities alike. According to a quantitative survey conducted by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology in winter 2022/23, 32% of businesses and 24% of charities reported experiencing breaches or attacks in the past 12 months. This figure rises significantly for medium businesses (59%), large businesses (69%), and high-income charities with annual incomes of £500,000 or more (56%).

Additionally, the survey revealed that three in ten businesses (29%) and 27% of charities conducted cyber security risk assessments last year, with this number increasing to 51% for medium businesses and 63% for large businesses. The cost of the most disruptive breach in the past year averaged approximately £1,100 for businesses of any size, £4,960 for medium and large businesses, and £530 for charities. 

These statistics highlight the importance of taking cybersecurity seriously. Protecting your business from cyber-attacks is crucial in today’s digital landscape, and there are several strategies you can implement to reduce the risk. 

Five Essential Strategies to Enhance Your Cyber Security 

  1. Implement Strong Access Controls: 
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Require multiple forms of verification before granting access to sensitive systems. 
  • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC): Limit access based on the user’s role within the organisation, ensuring employees only have access to the data necessary for their job functions. 

  1. Regularly Update and Patch Systems: 
  • Software Updates: Keep all operating systems, software, and applications up-to-date with the latest patches and updates to protect against known vulnerabilities. 
  • Automated Patch Management: Use automated tools to manage and deploy patches consistently across all systems and devices. 

  1. Employee Training and Awareness: 
  • Cyber Security Training Programs: Conduct regular training sessions to educate employees about phishing, social engineering, and other common cyber threats. 
  • Simulated Attacks: Periodically run phishing simulations to test employees’ awareness and response to potential threats. 

  1. Robust Backup and Recovery Plans: 
  • Regular Backups: Schedule frequent backups of all critical data and ensure they are stored securely off-site or in the cloud. 
  • Disaster Recovery Plan: Develop and regularly update a disaster recovery plan that outlines procedures for data restoration and business continuity in the event of a cyber-attack. 

  1. Network Security Measures: 
  • Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS): Use advanced firewalls and IDS to monitor and block suspicious activities. 
  • Encryption: Encrypt sensitive data both in transit and at rest to protect it from unauthorised access. 
  • Segmentation: Segment your network to contain potential breaches and limit the movement of attackers within the system. 

To find out more information on how to ensure the best security for your type/size of business, there is a plethora of information at National Cyber Security Centre – NCSC.GOV.UK.  

By implementing these measures, your business can significantly reduce its vulnerability to cyber-attacks and improve its overall security posture.

If you need any extra assistance with any of these steps, feel free to get in touch with us through our “Contact Us” page on the website. Also, follow us on social media, where we share useful tips, tricks, security updates, and necessary information to help protect your business. 

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Stay vigilant and proactive in protecting your business from the ever-evolving threat of cyber-attacks.