As part of Cyber Awareness Month Dane Stevens, the Scaffolding Association’s Information Security Officer has 5 simple tips to help your business improve its cybersecurity, protect its reputation and demonstrate trust to its clients.
For most UK businesses, email accounts are the hub of all communications with suppliers and clients. With access to your email a hacker can imitate you.
At best this is embarrassing, but worse cases will see you suffer severe reputational and financial damage.
Create a strong password for your email account and don’t use it for anything else.
In line with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Scaffolding Association recommends that passwords are created from 3 random words.
The #thinkrandom approach strikes a balance between password strength and memorability.
Next time your browser asks you if you’d like it to remember your password, say yes.
The risks of storing your passwords are far lower than using weak passwords, or using the same password for several (or all) of your accounts.
Your phone, laptop, tablet or desktop computer need to be kept up to date. Updates often fix vulnerabilities that expose your business to risk.
The Scaffolding Association ensures that all updates are installed promptly after release. Allowing your devices to install updates automatically is one of the easiest ways to stay safe.
If the worst happens and your password is compromised then Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) grants a second chance to protect your business.
SMS, phone call and code generating apps are a few of the simplest options to achieve better security. MFA is a must for your business critical applications.
Financial damage is often easy to measure, but the impact on your business’ reputation from cyber incidents can be much harder to determine.