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Keeping Your Business Cyber Safe

Cybercrime is a growing threat in the UK with 48% of SME’s business being attacked last year. Natasha Sagar, Cyber Protect Officer for Derbyshire Constabulary, has put together a few tips on keeping your business Cyber SAFE.

Cyber Security

Strong Passwords

A strong password is your first line of defence against cybercriminals. It is advised that you create passwords that are made up of three random words with symbols and numbers to prevent the most experienced cybercriminal from entering your cyber domain.

Anti-Virus and Software Update

Software updates contain vital security upgrades which help protect your device from viruses and cybercriminals. It is very easy to click ‘later’ or ‘tomorrow’, but by updating your anti-virus or software, you are protecting your device from viruses, spyware and other malware instantaneously.

Files back up on an external device

Keep a backup separate from your computer whether it's on a USB stick, a separate computer drive or a separate computer. Make sure the device containing the backup data is not connected (either physically or over a local network) to the device holding the original copy. Ransomware and other malware can often move to attached storage devises automatically. This means any external backup devise connected to your computer could also become infected, leaving you with no backup to recover from.

Employee Awareness

Employees need to be regularly reminded of the real and present danger of cybercrime. You could create a checklist and make sure your employees know what they are looking out for with regards to the different types of cyber-attacks and the techniques cybercriminals are using.

About the Author

Natasha
Natasha Sagar
Cyber Protect Officer, Cyber Crime Unit, Specialist Crime and Intelligence
E-mail: ntsasgr118dryhr.n.oieuaah.aa.77@ebsiepnplc.k
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Derbyshire Constabulary, Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire. DE5 3RS. Telephone: 101

Natasha's role is to provide security advice to small and medium enterprises thought-out Derbyshire. She delivers cyber security advice in accordance with the Defend, Deter, Develop, Protect and Prevent strands under the National Cyber Security Strategy.

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