This week we’re closing in to the last episode of our Cyber Security series on TechQuarters TV, stay watching for the last episode next week. In the meantime, let’s look at our latest videos on how you and your business can stay safe in today’s modern world.
Episode 1 – Introduction
Our introduction video gets straight to the point as it covers three essential security components you absolutely need to be secure online. The first recommendation may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t have it: invest in anti-virus software. Anti-virus software is the most crucial piece of kit for any computer and every system should have one. The second, is a firewall. Firewalls are your first line of defence against threats, they filter out anything nasty heading your way. Finally, a web filtering or mail filter application like Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Protection, can work wonders at filtering malicious web pages or emails before they even get into your mailbox. TechQuarters can provide support when setting up these solutions here.
Episode 2 – Security Management
This episode looks at the benefits of IT teams that can give you up-to-date information and support. If your IT support partner or team gives you out of date information about a threat or fails to notice it all together, you should probably look at going elsewhere for your support. Management of your digital security is vital to minimalization and elimination of attacks.
Episode 3 – Operating System Updates
Episode three in a discussion on why it’s important that your IT support team or partner updates and patches your systems regularly. Microsoft and other operating system providers regularly update their systems to fix security holes and flaws that can be exploited by hackers; Wanna-Cry is a prime example of why it is important to keep updating and patching your operating system.
Episode 4 – Backup and Disaster Recovery
This episode shows how backing up your data and using a disaster recovery plan can be a crucial safety net for your business. Computers aren’t perfect, they crash and break every now and again, so it’s wise to backup to protect each user’s data and files. Also, when things go wrong, a disaster recovery plan can direct you in the dark. A disaster recovery plan is essentially an emergency strategy to minimise or eliminate any damage to data, systems, etc.
Episode 5 – Training Your Staff
This episode looks at why it’s important to train your staff to be aware of any security risks and deflect or eliminate them with ease. Training your users can help prevent or fix a problem right there and then, as many hackers get in through using unknowing users.
Episode 6 – Email Phishing
Email phishing is a very common technique used by even low exploiters because it’s so easy to do. All the hacker must do is insert a piece of malware disguised as an email attachment or a fake website, that looks identical to the real one, asking for your login details. These threats are very real and are only increasing over time so it’s crucial you and your users know how to stop and prevent these attacks or invest in software like Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Protection.
Episode 7 – Creating Security Policies
It’s important to create appropriate security policies within your business. With the new General Data Protection Regulation rules imposed by the European Union, it’s critical that not only your data is protected but your users and customers is as well; failure to yield can result in some hefty fines as we’ve previously mentioned in these videos here.
Episode 8 – Create Strong Passwords
Every system, person, AI will tell you a strong password is imperative to security. A password is the first barrier between a hacker and your data so you can see why its paramount you don’t skip out this easy step. You’d be surprised how many people use simple passwords, containing their own names and other easily guessable information. TechQuarters recommends you use at least one uppercase letter, one number, one symbol and no numbers in order.
Episode 9 – Act Quickly – Turn it off
Episode 9 of our Cyber attack series outlines the importance of disconnecting access to your Wifi during a cyber security threat.