5 Steps To Boost Cyber Security in 2020
Review our quick guide to start 2020 on the right foot
Stay ahead of the curve and avoid threats - use this simple checklist to take a fresh look at your organisation’s cyber security this year.
The cyber security landscape is changing as hackers focus their attention on high value targets. Are you protected?
While overall cyber attacks on businesses were down last year, reports suggest you’re actually more likely to experience an attack or breach if you’ve been targeted before and you have something hackers want (be it sensitive data or access to funds).
According to the UK government’s 2019 Cyber Security Breaches Survey, 32% of UK businesses experienced a cyber attack or breach in the last 12 months. This means cyber security is still a pressing concern for organisations across all disciplines.
When it comes to security, the old maxim applies: prevention is better than cure. So, if you’re concerned about your network, read on for a quick precis of steps to take in 2020 that will help keep your organisation and your clients safe.
1. Make Upgrading Software A Priority
Hackers thrive on enterprises that are slow to react to vulnerabilities in commonly used software and apps, so make sure your organisation stays agile by keeping software updated; updates often contain security upgrades essential for keeping devices and data safe. Don’t forget that updates will also include improved features and functionality, so it makes sense from a productivity and innovation perspective too.
2. Password Protection
The strongest passwords are made up of at least three random words using lower and upper-case letters. Adding numbers and symbols makes them even stronger. Never use the same password for multiple accounts and avoid using obvious terms such as your partner’s name, your child’s name, other family members’ names, a pet’s name, your place of birth, a holiday destination or anything to do with sports teams.
All employees should follow this guidance in order to safeguard data and the security of the firm’s network.
It’s important all staff are not only aware of threats to cyber-security, but also know how to deal with them. The government has produced a range of free e-learning courses to improve staff understanding of the threat posed by viruses, online fraud and more. 'Responsible for Information' for SMEs takes around an hour to complete.
3. Identify and Quarantine Phishing Attempts
Human error proves most likely to be the weakest link in Cyber Security. The 2019 Cyber Security Breaches Survey found 80% of companies who reported cyber attacks were victims of social engineering attempts like Phishing.
Successful phishing attacks are often the first step of a much more devastating security breach so training staff to recognise and respond to Phishing in the proper way is an essential aspect of business cyber security in 2020.
Consider carrying out a company-wide cyber security risk assessment on employees, encouraging staff to attend training, contact a penetration testing agency, or talk to us about our Best Practice Assessment. Virgin Media Business offers a comprehensive evaluation of your security configurations: we will analyse your systems, apply a pass-fail breakdown against leading best practices, and provide tailored advice to safeguard your organisation from threats.
4. Reassess Your Firewall Needs
Training teams for cyber security resilience is an essential part of any successful organisation but it’s equally as important to utilise technology for the rest. Modern firewall solutions exist to screen and handle cyber attacks before they get the chance to wreak havoc on your systems and force costly downtime (or worse!).
Virgin Media Business offers Managed Firewall solutions using cutting edge techniques to prevent known threats, limit unauthorised file transfers, and neutralise as-yet unknown threats like malware by analysing malicious behaviours. Our Palo Alto solutions do all this while delivering an exceptional end user experience, minimizing latency, jitter, and packet loss.
Our Managed Firewall solutions reduce the need for in house expertise and because we’re heavily audited, you can offset your compliance burden onto us, leaving you to focus on the core business.
5. Make 2020 The Year of Taking Cyber Security Seriously
Just 31% of UK Businesses performed a cyber security risk assessment in the last 12 months. While this is up from last year, in the context of increasing cyber attacks this leaves a majority of British organisations vulnerable.
Make 2020 the year of cyber security and implement a regular cyber security risk assessment with update to date definitions and tests. This cyber defence exercise from the National Cyber Security Centre is a great starting place for assessing your needs. For a more tailored approach, contact our security team and get a complete breakdown of your organisation’s blindspots with our Best Practice Assessment.
Go further and show your clients you’re serious about cyber security. The government has stepped up to provide a ‘Cyber Essentials’ accreditation for organisations that pass muster on a series of cyber security checks. Find out more here.
The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019, undertaken by the UK Government, offers a comprehensive look at the state of cyber security for UK business and charities as we enter 2020. If cyber security is on your organisation’s agenda this year, Virgin Media Business is a trusted connectivity and cyber security partner for enterprises and public sector bodies across the nation. Get in touch and see how we can help.