You have probably heard about the term by now, whether you own a business, you’re employed, or you have read earlier articles of Compleye. In the latter case, kudos! ISO27001 certification is what specifically deals with the security of data. Is the certification convenient? Undeniably. Is it mandatory or necessary to properly handle cyber security within your business? No. You can still deal with cyber security if your company is not in the position to afford the certification right now, or you have a different reason not to go through certification. How? With our 5 tips.
What is cyber security?
In easy terminology – not underestimating you, just trying to keep life as simple as possible – cyber security is the practice of securing networks, resources, and systems from digital attacks. Therefore, anytime you take measures to protect a system or network from cyber attacks, you are practicing cyber security. Child’s play, right? Ok, not really, but you don’t have to be a wizkid to survive and thrive in security matters.
5 tips on ISO-less cyber security within your business:
You should focus on the people that work with these data before you think about software that can protect them. As long as there are human beings, of flesh and bone, busy with the data in a company, you are always at risk for errors. Additionally, teach the people in your company the things they need to know, make sure they are aware of the risks and provide them with good and consistent trainings. For smaller companies, it would even be a good idea to do these security trainings more than once a year. It could be a good start to do that every 6 months. Besides you can bring some cookies (real ones, not these annoying text files with small pieces of data).
Encrypt private data
Even if you’re a small company this is a must. Because encryption is essential for protecting users’ online activities. Data encryption works by securing transmitted digital data on the cloud and computer systems. It conceals data by scrambling it, so that anyone who tried to view it can only see random information. Surprise surprise, hackers.
Each device’s hardware can be encrypted separately from your devices’ operating system. We highly suggest that you do use this, if you want to keep up with your cyber security. Want to know why? Let’s say that your laptop gets stolen. Super frustrating, obviously, but at least you don’t have to worry about anyone getting into your data.
A firewall is not only a very cool sounding word, but also (and moreso) an essential part of your business’ security system. Every operating system should have a firewall, since it defends your business by stopping threats before they make it into your network.
Install anti malware
If you scan all incoming data and stop malware from being installed and infect your computer it will help prevent malware attacks. Though, anti malware can be considered tricky. How does a company you work for, install antimalware on your device without disrespecting your privacy or being invasive? Fortunately, the solution is simple. If your company wants antimalware to be installed on employees’ devices, it should provide the employees with devices.
Now, sit back and relax. In case you don’t want to go for the ISO27001 certification, you can still make sure your company is handling its cyber security correctly and sufficiently. Follow the 5 tips above.
Bring it on, cybercriminals and viruses!
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