How Important is Cyber-Security? Protecting Computer Systems
8th October, 2019

Cybersecurity is often confused with information security. Cybersecurity is protecting computer systems from unauthorized access, being damaged or being made inaccessible. Information security, on the other hand, covers more areas, including hard copy and digital forms of information assets.

Cybersecurity has fallen under close observation by the media in recent times. This has come about through a large number of attacks and the impact it had had on businesses.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), businesses must carry out highly secure methods to protect their personal data or they could be at risk of being given a large fine.

Cybersecurity is currently one of the biggest issues in business organizations.

The Trinity of Data Security

  1. Everyone needs to be aware of their need to prevent cyber threats. There should always be a staff member that is knowledgeable on cyber-security; this staff member should stay up to date with the latest risks, solutions etc.
  2. A process should be formed to outline roles, responsibilities and procedures. Cyber threats are evolving, meaning that processes need to be regularly reviewed.
  3. Technology should always be kept up to date and antivirus software should be installed on every computer system.

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The consequences of a cyber attack could cost organizations billions of pounds and can cause outstanding damage. Most organizations lose sensitive data and could be fined, they could also lose their good reputation.

Cybersecurity must-haves:

             1. When a new staff member is employed, they should be trained with the knowledge of defending their systems against cyber threats they may face.

             1. Before using a new application, research this to ensure your security.

             1. Run a Network Penetration Test monthly, as this will ensure you are aware of vulnerabilities and security issues.

             1. As said above, there should be a cybersecurity officer who is aware of the news, risks etc. in this sector.

              1. NEVER leave your password on a sticky note attached to the front of your computer or where they can easily be found.

              2. DON’T make short passwords, keep them long and complicated.

              4. Change your password every month.

              5. Use a trusted password manager, if you have a terrible memory.

              6. Use security questions that are personal and no one else would know the answer to.

              7. Use two-factor authentication if possible.

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