Adèle Manseau | Desjardins Group
Viruses, worms, phishing, ransomware, executive impersonation fraud....these are very real cyber threats to your business. Did you know that most of them come from social media and email?
The best defense against cyber threats is prevention. And that's where cybersecurity comes in. It refers to all the technologies, processes and practices designed to protect your information systems.
Here are the essentials for keeping your computer systems secure:
Antivirus and anti-spywareInstalling these components on your computers and mobile devices reduces the risk of being infected by a virus or malware. Make sure you update them regularly, just as you do your operating systems, software and applications.FirewallAnother key component in your computer network to protect against cyber threats.Strong passwordsYour wireless network should be protected with a strong password that you change frequently.Backup serversInstalling backup servers also ensures automatic local data storage and off-site copy back-up. In the event of loss, theft or corruption, you'll be able to quickly recover your data. You can also make back-up copies of your data yourself.
And be sure to check out the 5 essential tips to protect your mobile device.
Your employees also have an important role to play in keeping company information safe.
Here are 4 good habits you should encourage staff to develop:
1. Lock devicesAlways lock computers and mobile devices (physically and virtually) to protect confidential information.2. Create strong passwordsStrong passwords contain a combination of words, characters and symbols and ideally, they should be changed every 3 months. And it's never a good idea to hide your password under your phone or keyboard!3. Avoid cross contaminationBe careful with computer storage media (e.g., CD, USB key), to make sure they don't infect business computers with viruses from personal computers.4. Know about secure practicesUsing the company's Internet and email in a secure way keeps confidential information from being hacked (phishing) or malware programs from being installed on your network.
And finally, we encourage you to read the Government of Canada's Get Cyber Safe Guide for Small and Medium Businesses, which contains lots of information about cybersecurity.