Security and IT go hand in hand. A secure online environment is essential for the safety of your business. You may already be doing a lot to protect yourself online, but here are ten tips to help you take your security to the top level. This way, you avoid being one of the 95% of companies that are low-hanging fruit for hackers.
#1 Make sure you are up-to-date
By always installing the latest updates, you can prevent many problems. Known security problems (and there are many) will not affect your devices or software. Update your operating system on your computer or laptop, your smartphone and your tablet. Update drivers, firmware, software/programs and use the latest version. Always do this! Updating is the best security.
#2: Use encryption
Sounds very scary, but encryption really just means that your files are encrypted. Set up Bitlocker on your Windows machine, Filevault on your Apple Mac or the internal features of your phone. Find out what options you have for doing this easily.
#3: Manage mobile devices with MDM
MDM (mobile device management) is about managing your smartphone within an organisation and revoking access to company data or applications, or removing data in the event of theft. MDM can do much more, but it is nice to know that you can still do something to protect your data if things go wrong.
#4: Use antivirus and antimalware
Antivirus and antimalware are different techniques for countering danger. Antivirus works against old-fashioned types of viruses and antimalware against the newest types. Use a good antivirus product and monitor it. Check, for example, that it is turned on and working properly. Make sure you are notified if you have a virus and have someone proactively pick it up.
#5: Use an automatic update tool
Use tools (or software) that automatically keep your security up to date so that you do not have to worry about it anymore. Modern variants can even stop an online attack that is not yet known and learn through artificial intelligence to become better at it. This gives you an overview of updates with your operating systems, software packages, drivers and security updates. Again, make sure that you monitor it, so that you know when something is not working and also what is not working and how you solve it.
6: Set up MFA
As we mentioned in the spam and phishing blog it is very important to have multifactor authentication. This means that a message is sent to your phone or your e-mail when someone tries to log in from a new device. So just a username and password is no longer enough for an intruder, which really boosts your security. Most companies will allow you to set this up online. If not, ask them to do so. If this is not possible, switch to a competitor. That's how important it really is!
#7: Train your staff
Prevention is better than cure. Many IT security issues can be prevented. Ensure that your staff are aware of the basic security rules. Training new staff and periodic refresher courses for all staff are essential for working safely.
#8: Set up a password safe
With LastPass you create a kind of password vault, which you can only access with a master password. This way you can set complicated passwords like 1y2@q0DXd$!vu%Do, which people are much less likely to guess than Scheldestraat@18 (your address, a date of birth or something else you remember easily). So you only have to remember the master password. Extra handy: LastPass has an app for your smartphone that allows you to log in on other computers or just your smartphone when you have your phone with you.
#9: Create a policy for your security
Draw up an IT security policy and write procedures for it. For example: what do we do if things go wrong? What products should be used? Who is responsible? We understand that this is a bit of work, but it is essential. Do you need advice or help with this? We are happy to help!
#10: Laat pentesten uitvoeren
Last but not least: laat tests uitvoeren om je beveiliging te checken. Met pentesten kun je je gehele IT-netwerk controleren. Een ingehuurde hacker gaat dan kijken op welke manieren hij of zij in je netwerk kan komen. Door deze gaten in je beveiliging te identificeren, kun je ze fixen en je beveiliging versterken. Voer deze tests twee keer per jaar zelf uit en laat het daarna één keer door een externe partij controleren.
But I don't find this at all easy...
Our aim is to make IT simple. That's why we've tried to provide general and simple tips to strengthen your security. But sometimes things are more complicated in your company or you can't quite work it out. No problem, we are here for that. Do you have an IT problem or a question about security? Our helpdesk is always ready to help you, feel free to contact us at 010-2121806.
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