Cyber security isn’t just important – it is essential. You don’t leave the doors of your business’ premises or warehouses open at night. It might be an obvious question, but why? The answer is simple; because things will get stolen or vandalised. So why treat your online and technological presence any differently? Why leave all of your virtual doors unlocked for someone to creep in, and take from, alter, or destroy your business? You need a robust cyber defence, but how do you put this together?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to cyber security

Effective cyber defence isn’t something you can readily buy in a ‘catch-all’ package. The days of anti-virus being enough to cover your business are long gone. The same applies to the traditional approaches of focusing the majority of your resources on protecting your crucial system components and protecting against the biggest known threats. The approach of hackers has changed; they now have a sophisticated set of tools at their disposal that were once thought impossible, even in the tech world. Before you develop a system and strategy to defend your organisation, you need to perform the likes of a vulnerability assessment and pen testing. Penetration testing is a crucial part of understanding where your organisation’s vulnerabilities lie. Think of it as a dummy run cyber-attack that will help ensure that your systems and your staff are up to the task of defending against a real cyber-attack. This also has to go hand in hand with a vulnerability assessment. You need to fully understand what cyber risks your systems could be vulnerable towards.

Did you know that most attacks stem from employee error?

Your employees need to be fully trained on security issues to ensure the fundamentals are adhered to. This is imperative to avoid any naivety and ignorance that could create a security breach in itself; and, secondly, to effectively protect against external threats. So what can you do? By implementing easy-to-follow guides for your staff, you will help them to understand their duties in the event of a cyber-attack and how they should act to protect confidential information. You also need to identify key staff that are responsible for monitoring how effective your cyber security is. You’ll need to assign someone at executive level to take responsibility for the planning and integration of an incident response strategy while working with your IT department to manage security. From here, the culture will develop downwards from the top.

Does running your own in-house security team sound too expensive? For most companies it is, and that is where an expert firm providing cyber security and IT support Belfast wide can assist. Contact Nimbus CS today for more information.

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