How do you keep your company’s “cyber hygiene” healthy?
The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport's Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021 confirmed the awareness of Cyber Essentials among businesses stood at 14% with only 4% of businesses recognising adherence to Cyber Essentials.
The United Kingdom Government due to the risks of cyberattacks on UK companies, put into place the Cyber Essentials scheme, mitigating risks if companies followed basic security measures.
You receive a certification showing you meet cybersecurity industry standards.
Cyber Essentials involves 5 key controls:
- Use a firewall to secure your internet connection.
- Use secure settings for your devices and software.
- Control who has access to your data and services.
- Protect yourself from viruses and other malware.
- Keep your devices and software up to date.
All devices only connect to the internet through protective firewalls including personal firewalls and dedicated boundary firewalls.
On delivery of new devices or software, security settings need to be increased across the board including passwords enforcement.
Who has access?
To reduce the potential for Cyber Criminals to infiltrate your administration accounts, administrative privileges accounts should only be used for administrative tasks and standard accounts should only be used for general work.
You can prevent infiltration by malware through Antivirus software, only downloading tablet and mobile phone apps from manufacturer-approved stores and running apps and programs in a sandbox.
Your installed apps, software, operating systems should always be kept up to date through patching with a mixture of regularly released updates with new added features and security fixes for any discovered vulnerabilities.
Once you are certified for Cyber Essentials, you meet the industry standards for cybersecurity demonstrating to your clients you understand the basics of cybersecurity, keeping their data safe and secure.
Call Chalkline today on 020 3819 3300 or review our IT Security Packages for SMBs page and book a meeting with us, we can help with all elements of cyber hygiene and answer any questions you might have.