These days, no business is immune to a malware attack. But regardless of size or budget, prevention is the key. It’s much easier to stop an attack than to fix one after the fact. As cyber theft continues to become increasingly more sophisticated, simply having a security policy in place is no longer enough.
Here are six rules you can implement to help safeguard your data and protect your business:
1. Get Personal – Malware attacks come in many forms but one of the simplest, and most effective, methods of gaining access to your system is through email. If you receive a suspicious, unexpected email with an attachment from a colleague place a quick call before opening to verify its validity.
2. Educate – Don’t assume that employees know the basics of Internet safety. Periodic training and regular updates regarding the latest threats keep users vigilant and accountable.
3. Resist the Urge – Websites, texts and emails can all contain malicious links – play it safe, and have your IT department investigate any links you deem unusual or questionable.
4. Beef-up Security – The more security measures you have in place, the less vulnerable you are. Your security suite should include the following:
• Junk and spam email filters
• Regularly scheduled system scans
• Incoming link screening
• Ability to block certain web traffic
5. Restrict BYOD – Using personal devices to access company networks can lead to malware attacks as weak security settings, passwords and bad judgement may allow thieves to gain access to your data.
6. Get Back to Basics – Basic rules such as scanning attachments or downloads before opening, scanning your hard drive on a regular basis and avoiding visiting or downloading material from untrustworthy websites can go a long way towards preventing malware […]