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October is National Cyber Security Month

One of the key concerns for our clients is keeping their business data secure.

Hackers, ransomware, viruses are all words that strike fear due to the threat of untold damage and the negative repercussions that can follow.

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is an EU awareness campaign that promotes cyber security among citizens and organisations about the importance of information security and highlighting the simple steps that can be taken to protect their data, whether personal, financial or professional. The main goal being to raise awareness, change behaviour and provide resources to all about how to protect themselves online.

DNA IT Solutions offer a suite of products that can help protect our clients.  We work with world class companies such as Sophos, Watchguard, Fusemail, McAfee and many others to provide layers of security.  However, sometimes it’s an unwitting action from an internal user that causes mayhem.  So we also recommend that users get cyber security smart with some simple tips that may save a company from disaster.

Be aware of online scams

Don’t respond to unsolicited requests for information and certainly be sure of links before you click.  If you are not expecting that email from a contact, if the tone is not right then pick up the phone and call them to see if they sent it to you.  Sometimes you will be targeted by phone for information before being interacted with you online, so verify callers before you give information.  Beware of that ‘super prize win’ because if it looks too good to be true, it usually is.

Be password clever

It’s good practice to have a different password for each account and remember to change your password often.  When it comes to deciding on a password, keep personal information such as your name or pets name out of your password.  Longer passwords are stronger passwords so use a mix of letters, symbols and numbers.  Don’t share your passwords with others and beware of shoulder surfing to steal passwords.

Straightforward advice

Be careful what you browse on a shared device or when you are using an unfamiliar network.  Be careful of what you plug into your computer, ask yourself how reliable it is.  On your own device, keep software up to date for the latest security patches to stay safe.  Remember to back up your valuable information so in the event of a disaster you can get back up and running quickly.

By following this simple advice, you can help in the cyber security fight.  It’s important to ensure you have the right protection that is appropriate to your business and that’s where DNA IT Solutions can help.  We have an expert team that can give you access to the best technology available now.  For more information, get in touch with us today.