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FIVE TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS SAFE

1. Education, education, education
    Make sure you, and all your computer users, know that they have a crucial role in computer safety.

2. Update and patch
    Make sure that those critical updates are run automatically.

3. Ducks in a row
    Decide what solutions you need and get them in place, today.

4. PPC
    Prevent attacks, protect your systems, and get continuity sorted.

5. Free yourself
    Do what you do best: run your business.

Education, education, education

Like an old familiar election promise, our top tip is ‘Education, education, education’. Make sure you and your employees get good advice, and follow it. Take time to read this government leaflet before your next management meeting. As it is independent advice, you won’t need your ‘sales-spin’ filter when reading it.

Share the advice with all computer users: like this leaflet on email safety; or this poster ; or this video :

And don’t isolate this knowledge to just one specialist or department. Just as all computer users need to understand their role in protecting your network, so much more do the whole management team need to understand the risks or threats, as well as the types of protection available.

Updates


The next most critical step to safety is: run those updates/ install those patches.

Your machines need to be running on supported software – any machine that still runs on out-dated versions of Windows (or equivalent) is an unlocked door (with a neon sign over the top saying ‘come and get me’).

Security updates or patches are released regularly for operating systems and software. It simply isn’t practical to expect computer-users to manually run these updates themselves. Yet these updates are essential responses to the ever-changing threat landscape we’re all living in.

Remote and automated updates are the way to go. And these are even better if, like our solution, you can test the updates and patches first, just to check they don’t contain any surprise conflicts.

Get your ducks in a row

Is there any excuse now for any company not to have sorted their IT security? Well, yes. There are excuses. First, it’s an ever-changing landscape so a solution that was right for your business 18 months ago, might not be appropriate now. Secondly, life is super busy and budgets are tight. How many of us are so busy getting by, that we can’t stop to plan? Can’t face another expense?

Remember that there is also a cost to not preparing for IT failure.

There are a range of solutions available. Just because you can’t afford the high-end solution, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t investigate other options. If you can’t justify the expense of server duplication, you can definitely afford a good reliable back-up that could see you working again super-fast. Just don’t put it off any longer – and review regularly.

PPC – prevention, protection and continuity


As easy as 1, 2, 3, as simple as A, B, C – for IT security think P, P, C:

Prevention
Just as in the first point above, the key to prevention is education. But you can back this up with screening – you can to prevent threats entering your network, screen web-use to block unsafe sites, and you can protect your network to prevent infiltration.

Protection
Despite the best prevention, there will be times when you get exposed to threat. You need, at the most basic:
virus protection
• and malware protection

Continuity
And, should the worst happen, you need a plan to get working again as fast as possible. There are multiple options here. These range from, at the most-simple, a good reliable (and regularly tested!) backup, through to hot-standby duplicate servers that are ready to run within minutes of system failure.

Coincidentally, and sticking with the letter ‘c’, you should contemplate the Cloud in your continuity considerations. Cloud service providers (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, etc) have access to security and continuity budgets that SMEs can only dream of.

Keep doing what you do best

This fifth, and final, tip is to free yourself to concentrate on what you do best – the core of your business. You can increase your resilience and flexibility by buying in expertise – either short term for specific projects, or long-term, for on-going support.

Let’s not forget that this should not conflict with, or replace, education (point number 1 above). You and your managers, or decision-makers, need to be able to judge the correct solutions for your business, but that doesn’t mean you need to set them up or maintain them yourselves.

After all, technology, when it works well, helps you to work better, smarter and faster.

And that is our aim. Feel free to contact SITOC for advice on any business technology need.

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