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3 tips to keep your business secure

Hayley Bell, Security Product Marketing Manager Telefónica UK, offers a few simple tips to protect your business and your data.

Hayley Bell, Security Product Marketing Manager Telefónica UK

In 2015, 205 billion emails were sent and received every day. Every. Single. Day. As a measurement of our increasing reliance on technology for work and play, it’s hard to beat. But along with the ease and convenience comes the hard fact that cybercrime against businesses has never been so attractive. So it’s no surprise that a recent survey from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills identifies that 74% of small and medium-sized businesses reported an information security breach in 2015.

As businesses rely more and more on mobile devices to send emails, view websites and access intranets, the opportunities for cyber criminals continue to grow – and the results can be devastating. Government figures show that the cost of a severe security breach has doubled since 2014 and is now averaging a staggering £1.46m for large organisations and between £75,000-£310,800 for small and medium-sized businesses. Now, more than ever, it’s important to make sure you’re not leaving your business at risk of cyber attacks.


1. Scan for malware across your organisation

Install antivirus solutions across all your host and client devices that will actively scan for malware. Knowing that you’re protected will give you peace of mind so you can focus on improving other aspects of your business, rather than firefighting.


2. Manage your devices and their data

A large proportion of security attacks are brought about by human error. It’s becoming harder to identify malicious phishing emails from your everyday innocent sales messages. With employees using their phone for personal use comes the increasing risk of downloading malicious apps. The 2015 lab report by online security experts McAfee found that 3 million devices were affected by malware in just six months.

By using a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, you can implement policies to prevent excessive app downloads and control what your people are downloading to their devices. And if a device falls into the wrong hands, you don’t have to worry about your sensitive data being shared. You can remotely lock the device and wipe its data.


3. Develop corporate policies

Develop policies that suit the way you want to do business, but directly address the business processes that are vulnerable to malware. So you may want to limit employees’ ability to download email attachments, access particular websites, or apply strict criteria for the use of employees’ own devices. In this way you can manage what your employees are doing and accessing without having to watch over them.

With the impending EU General Data protection regulation, if you’re found negligent with customer data and not taking steps to protect it, you could face a big fine. Although this won’t apply until 25 May 2018, it contains some onerous obligations, such as regulations around the storage of data, many of which will take time to prepare for.



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