- Run Cybersecurity Awareness sessions for your staff
- Don’t know where to start? Contact us for a free onsite session
- Technology safeguards are not foolproof
Software is never perfect and sooner or later a weakness will be identified.
Security issues are regularly identified in various parts of Windows, Mac, phones and apps – and updates are released on a regular basis.
These updates are needed even if you run antivirus and security software.
That’s a tough one – use a unique password per account! The reason why that’s important though is simple: if a website you use gets compromised, your super-duper password is now known to be associated with your username (normally your email address). A hacker will then use that username/password combination to log into as many services as possible.
If you have the same username/password combination for all of your online accounts, then all of your accounts will be compromised very easily.
We took over the support of a large organisation who had a man-in-a-van visit their office each day to pickup their latest backup tape. Whilst it’s an antiquated method of getting backups offsite, it’s not an unusual practice.
The problem was that the tapes being picked up each day were completely blank. If that company had suffered a fire (highly likely as they are a chemical manufacturer!) then they would have lost their entire trading history.
Follow the 3-2-1 backup approach as your absolute first step.
3 – copies of your data (live data and 2 backups)
2 – store your copies on at least 2 different storage types (i.e. disk, cloud, tape)
1 – store one of these copies offsite (cloud/tape)
Tech safeguards, such as Antivirus (now known as Endpoint Protection) are the bare minimum for any computer network. Just don’t be lulled into a false sense of security that this tech is going to make you 100% secure.
The minimum technology safeguards are: