Introduction

In a world where everyone is more online than ever ‘thanks’ to the pandemic, it is important to keep yourself, your users and your devices safe from the dark world of bugs, attacks, hackers and viruses. Whatever your industry – be it a charitable organisation, a start-up or even an e-commerce store, keeping yourself safe online is vital to keep your customers and users coming back for more. In this post we will be talking about how you can simply protect yourselves from attacks, implement processes to keep your team up to date with the latest top five security tips and keep your security consistent and future proof for the months and years to come with the help of the government initiative and accreditation, Cyber Essentials.

What is Cyber Security, and Why Does it Matter?

Protecting your organisation, whatever its size against a whole range of cyber attacks is of paramount importance in 2021 as we all move to a more virtual way of working. Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked.

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We are accredited with Cyber Essentials which is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme and developed by the National Cyber Security Centre, that will help to keep you safe and up to date. We want to reassure our customers MRD Technologies can secure your IT against cyber attacks and ensure you have a clear picture of your organisations cyber security level.

How to Improve Your Cyber Security: Five Top Tips

  1. Use a firewall to secure your internet connection

There are two types of firewall and you probably already have one for your whole network. Our advice is to use a personal firewall as well on your desktop, laptop or connected device as well and ensure that this simple buffer zone between your IT Network and other external networks is in place. Ask our team if you need assistance setting this up for you and your colleagues.

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2. Choose the most secure settings for your device

Default configurations on devices often mean they are open to be as multi-functional as possible – so everything is essentially ‘on’. Ensure you and the team go into your settings and raise the security levels and remove or disable functions you know you won’t need. We don’t need to tell you the importance of passwords but when they are implemented correctly they are a simple and effective way of preventing attacks from unauthorised users. So no ‘password’ or ‘password01’ passwords if you please!

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3. Control who has access to your data

With SME’s it’s easy for owners and directors to simply give everyone the same access, as roles are often blurred and everyone can pitch in if needed. Stop. The best way to keep your security tight is to make sure everyone only has the access they absolutely need. Keep administrative accounts to those that require that level of access – everyone else, keep them out.

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4. Protect yourself from viruses and malware

It sounds fancy but malware simply means ‘malicious software’ and can infect your system and make it unusable. Malware can come through infected email attachments, a bad website or even through a storage device so be aware – if something looks suspicious, it usually is! There are a number of anti-malware systems. Speak to our team about how to install these and protect yourself against infection.

5. Keep your devices and software up to date

Manufacturers have an obligation to keep systems up to date and within that, they also have to keep their security vulnerabilities in check too. Clicking on an update or letting an automatic update happen may seem like it’s taking valuable time out of your day, but it is essential to keeping your security up to date with the manufacturer too.

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We Are Here To Help

Whilst many of these points seem simple, rolling them out across organisations big or small can be a task in itself, and that is how MRD Technologies can help. With the support of our expert team who are now accredited with the governments Cyber Essentials mark, we are full qualified to help you get your security in the best shape possible in the short and the long term. Contact our friendly team to talk about your cyber security today: sales@mrdtechnologies.co.uk or call 01925 947030.