The number one reason why cyber-security isn’t your IT department’s problem

Software. Systems. Malware. Firewalls. Viruses. Hackers… the list goes on. But when it comes to securing your data and keeping your business safe, it’s not simply the responsibility of your IT department.

For every business in operation today the threat of a cyber attack has worsened. The engineering behind cyber attacks is more precisely designed than ever before, and the risk of cyber crime is now higher than the risk of theft. And its implications are far more devastating.

The truth is that it doesn’t matter how high you build the fences around your office, it doesn’t matter how many security cameras or barbed wired coils you install. Without proper protection, your business data is still vulnerable to attack.

Because the truth is, when it comes to cyber security, there’s one threat that’s higher than all others.

What is it?

Your people.

Layers of protection, the heart of your business

Think of your business as an onion, with layer upon layer of security.

Those intent on causing damage at its heart will breach those layers of security, one by one. And they’ll do it by preying on the foibles and frailties of the people who work for you. They’ll try their luck, and sometimes, just sometimes, by the mere nature of people, they’ll succeed by means of a simple human error.

By conning your receptionist to give out names and addresses, by breaching protocols and by hacking and spamming their way inside.

So what can you do to protect yourself and your business?

Simple steps for added security

Happily there are actions you can take and things you can do. Starting with training your staff and implementing policies and procedures to keep your business safe. Simple things like using a branded email signature, so that you know where messages are being sent from, investing in a top of the range router, rather then using the freebie that came with your broadband package and controlling the removable media that’s used within your business.

It may seem like the stuff of Tom Cruise movies, but the threat of cyber security is a real one. And the potential risk it poses is devastating.

Look at the government’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security for more information, or give us a call on 0845 299 0147 for more information on how we can help you to protect your business.
By Mark Hope