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Computer Security Day Is Coming Up: Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks

Computer Security Day Is Coming Up: Protect Your Business From Cyber AttacksOn November 30th, we will celebrate the international holiday Computer Security Day. The day was created in 1988, when computers started to become ubiquitous in business and in people’s personal lives. Since then, the day has served as a reminder to be aware of computer security and to protect against cyber risks. There are multiple things that you can do at your business during this day in order to protect against cyber attacks. The first step is making sure that you have a comprehensive and up-to-date Cyber Liability insurance policy in place; in addition, consider implementing these plans in your business in the coming days.

Protect Your Existing Data

There are quite a few measures that you can quickly take to improve your business’s cyber security. These are some of the most important security practices:

  • Back everything up. If you don’t already have your workplace’s important documents backed up, you need to take care of that immediately. If your data were to be compromised tomorrow, would you lose everything? We encourage you to backup your files to multiple places (and we recommend keeping copies on physical devices such as external hard drives and flash drives in addition to online backups), and encrypt them as well.
  • Update everything. Cyber attacks and cyber risks evolve with technology, and if any part of your technology is outdated, you are leaving yourself ripe for an opportunist to exploit that weakness. Do you have firewalls and other anti-malware measures in place? Update them. The software on your staffs’ computers? Make sure it’s completely up-to-date. Any additional network security measures? Take another look at them and see if you can spot any potential weaknesses. Don’t forget to also look at your employees’ tablets and mobile devices, if applicable.
  • Assess password strength. An attacker doesn’t need to be a technological genius hacking his or her way through a complex security system. Often, cyber attackers gain access to confidential data by guessing someone’s password, guessing the answers to their security questions, or tricking the employee into giving the information away. Invite your team to assess your passwords: are they easily guessable? Are they protected by security questions whose answers can easily be guessed? Has there been any unusual activity lately? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then you need to change your password: preferably to a mix of lower-case letters, capital letters, numbers, and symbols (but don’t automatically just go for obvious changes such as “1” for “i” or “0” for “o”).

Plan For The Future

Computers are not going away anytime soon; in fact, the number of businesses using technology in their everyday operations is increasing every year. Because of this, it’s important to think about long-term cyber security goals for your business. We encourage you to take a look at your current cyber security policies and compare them to the current technological climate so you can update it as online practices change. In addition, we recommend holding meetings with your employees in order to ensure that they understand the importance of cyber security and safe browsing practices. This should absolutely be integrated into every employee’s initial training, but it would not be a bad idea to continually discuss cyber security throughout the year.

About Axis Insurance Services

Axis Insurance Services specializes in offering Cyber Liability/Network Security & Privacy insurance and is happy to review the various policies available and how we can tailor them to best suit your firm’s unique risk profile. For more information about our Cyber insurance solutions, give us a call at (201) 847-9174.

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Blogged on: November 27, 2017 by Mike Smith

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