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In the war against cyber crime, defence is the best form of attack. Explore key tips to prevent cyber attacks and protect against compromise

Key Statistics

  • The average cost of a security breach for a large organization (500+ users) is £1.46m – £3.14m. For smaller businesses,  £75k-£311K.
  • 50% of the worst breaches were caused by inadvertent human error.
  • The most common breaches include:
    • Virus or malicious software infection
    • Incidents caused by staff
    • Attacks by an unauthorized outsider
    • Theft or fraud involving computers Source. 

Infosec in the UK

In the UK, you’re more likely to be affected by cybercrime than any other criminal activity. Information security (infosec) poses significant risks to small and large organisations alike as cyber-criminals emerge as the digital mafia of our age.

Evolving Threat Landscape

If you’re online, you are open to hacking, phishing, extortion, identity theft and ransomware. Boosting your defences by preventing user-error, theft and fraud is the best possible form of defence.

Encryption

Encryption has been used in some form or another since ancient times. Today, it means encoding your devices and data to prevent unauthorized access in the event of theft or compromise.

Most computers, servers & storage devices can be encrypted, as can many USB drives and data files. If a device is lost, stolen or compromised, encryption will make access to your data virtually impossible. We offer a range of encryption services to help secure your data. Contact us for more information.

Firewalls

A firewall serves as a barrier between your network and the online world. Incoming and outgoing traffic is filtered according to configuration rules, which prevents the spread of threats to a large extent. Standalone firewalls are the best choice for business environments, however many routers come with inbuilt firewall functionality if a standalone firewall is out of budget.

Antivirus

There are anti-virus products available to suit all budgets, requirements and environments. If you aren’t using one, this should be the first step you take to protect your business interests. Make sure it’s reliable, valid and up to date. Run quick scans at regular intervals and full-scans at scheduled times.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is not a single, standalone solution. Your disaster recovery strategy will be made up of a range of individual components which should include backups, snapshots, fail-overs and business continuity plans as a minimum. Disaster recovery will help ensure your precious data can be recovered quickly in the event of a cyber security incident.

Data Backups

Backups can’t protect you from attacks but do provide a safety net when things go wrong. Schedule your backups to run at regular intervals, and check them regularly to ensure they’re working. There are numerous options available, and both cloud and local backups offer good resilience.

IT Security Assessments

A thorough security assessment scans your network and looks for holes, gaps and potential issues. An IT security assessment provides exceptionally detailed insights into the integrity of your network, letting you respond to potential issues before they become critical. We recommend you carry out an assessment as one of the first steps to improving your information security infrastructure.

We recommend running additional assessments at regular intervals as part of a quarterly or annual security review. This will ensure your network is regularly analysed, and all potential issues are ironed out as your organization grows. See our IT security assessments.

Web Filtering

Web filtering acts as a barrier between your devices and the world wide web. Most web filtering solutions can be configured to suit your organisation, and will dramatically improve your cyber security protection.Web filtering is a dependable solution for organisations of all sizes. It is particularly important in organisations such as schools or in public spaces where a large number of people are accessing and browsing potentially dangerous websites.

Web filtering is a dependable solution for organisations of all sizes. It is particularly important in organisations such as schools or in public spaces where a large number of people are accessing and browsing potentially dangerous websites.

Infosec Procedures

Build a culture of security in your organization by making infosec a key component of your company procedures. A number of management systems, such as ISO 27001, provide a time-tested framework for procedurising information security. This standard can be applied to any business, regardless of its size. If you are operating in an industry where this is particularly important, it may be worth becoming certified.

Alternatively, you may want to consider working with an ISO 27001 certified IT support provider who can help align your IT systems with this global standard.

Infosec Policies

Implement and enforce a secure password policy across your organization. A strong password will be no less than 8 characters, with a mixture of uppercase, lowercase, numerical and special characters. Passwords should never be written down, shared or kept for longer than 60 days. Use our password policy as a starting point, and adjust it to suit your organisation.

We can help you develop, implement & enforce internal information security policies to help protect your organisation. Contact us to get started today, or visit our IT consulting page for more information.

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Learn More

iQuda is a multi-award winning infosec provider serving organisations throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & London. Areas we currently support include Hemel Hempstead, Aylesbury, Chesham, Amersham, Dunstable, Berkhamsted, Tring, St Albans, Barnet, Watford, Kings Langley, Abbots Langley, Harpenden, Hatfield, Luton and surrounding areas.

To enquire about our infosec solutions, please contact us directly.

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