How secure is your Cyber Security?

Do you have a good grasp on Cyber Security and how it affects your business? Or do you leave it to someone else to worry about, such as a manager or your IT guy?

On The Small Business Technology Show, we spoke to Dr Sally Ernst who is an expert in the area of cyber security and has written the book 'Gotcha! Your Little Black Book to a Safer E-xperience'. Her book is aimed at business owners who are short on time but want to be cyber safe. Our recent interview with Dr Sally on the podcast explains why you need to have a good understanding of cyber security and how it can affect your business, and here is a quick summary of the information we discussed.

 

Dr Sally’s thoughts on cyber security:

The need now is to get people engaged in cyber security, and this includes business owners. A lot of businesses rely on blissful ignorance that their internal IT guy (or girl) is going to make sure everything is safe and secure. The reality is that it is not just one person's responsibility to be working towards being less cyber insecure. There is a need for a mindset shift towards everyone being personally accountable.

It is important to have an understanding what your cyber security is and where it is. Many businesses are not even consuming the basic security that already exists. There is no excuse at a corporate level not to be operating under the best practices and frameworks.

 

Cyber security implementation:

 

Here are Dr Sally’s five tips to get you cyber safe and secure:

  • Start small and start somewhere
  • Understand where your information functionality is
  • Know where all your information is stored
  • Prioritise how to start protecting it
  • Beware of Shadow IT

 

(For more information on Shadow IT, click here)

Examples of security breach and practices to avoid them:

It’s important to understand what type of security breaches could occur and to think ahead to avoid any occurring. Here are some examples Dr Sally has shared with us.

  • It’s not just as simple as knowing your email is with Microsoft Outlook and banking is with your banking provider. They’re not isolated. In fact, they are all very much interconnected.
  • Think on a larger scale – who has access to your network?
  • Email providers use an authentication as a backup for your password, like sending a text to your mobile. If you’re mobile is breached, then you only have one level of security.

 

If you would like more information on cyber security click this link to hear the rest of our chat with Dr Sally.

 

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When not looking at ways to use technology to create a competitive advantage for his clients and build better businesses, Ben is a husband, busy father of boys, avid gardener, and keen runner and cyclist.

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