The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic have impacted almost all aspects of all businesses. It has knocked sales, it has forced many businesses to close doors, it has forced many businesses to operate on a remote basis and more. Social isolation and social distancing measures have made us adapt quickly and you’re going to feel like there are a million different things you need to focus on in order to keep up and running. But one area you’re really going to have to focus on is cybersecurity. Businesses are facing a number of cybersecurity risks now than ever. Hackers and cybercriminals are well aware that businesses are more vulnerable now than ever. Remote workers are more likely to make mistakes. People are more likely to be operating on unsecure networks. There are all sorts of vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can take advantage of! So, now, more than ever, you really need to implement digital security measures to protect your business, its data and its finances. Here are a few steps you can take to achieve this.
Use IT Services
The first, and perhaps most effective, thing you can do to protect your business on a cyber level is to make use of professional IT support. These services will be able to protect your business from every angle. It also reduces the weight and responsibility on your own shoulders when it comes to researching and implementing security solutions. These professionals already know the ins and outs of threats to your business and will be able to implement the best solutions possible. On top of this, outsourcing ensures you don’t have to take on more permanent staff to form an in-house IT team during these already difficult and uncertain times.
Protect Yourself from Phishing
Phishing is one of the most common methods used by hackers to gain access to your systems and data. This is essentially the use of deceptive emails and websites to gain access to your protected or personal information. Train yourself and your employees in this area, highlighting what phishing is, how to identify phishing and how to avoid falling prey to phishing. Some clues of phishing emails include emails from slightly off email address (for example, paypil.com), poor spelling or grammar, generic greetings that do not use the recipient’s actual name (such as “sir” or “madam”) and outright or direct requests for secure information.
Set Clear Rules for Employees
Whenever your employees work online, they should only be using applications (apps) or programs that have authorised by you and your company. Make sure that your staff aren’t using unauthorised apps or programmes to do their work. This could leave your business open to security breaches and malware. Set clear rules regarding what your staff can and can’t use when they’re working from home to prevent issues from arising.
These are strange times and your mind is bound to be all over the place. But there are steps you can take to protect your business and profits. Focusing on cybersecurity is just one of them, but it is absolutely essential!