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Top tips for Cyber Security

Posted by: Jo Love
Category: Blog, Oxfordshire telecoms, Tips and advice

It has never been more important to safeguard your business against unauthorised users. Here are top tips on how you can protect your business:

Limit User Access & Check Admin Rights

One of the easiest ways of ensuring cyber security is by limiting those who can access sensitive information. The more users with unrestricted access to restrictive areas, the greater chance a hacker has. It can be a simple process to adopt, such as creating two different formats that separate administrators and standard users.

Best Practice Security Standards

Protecting customers data is crucial in remaining GDPR compliant. Encrypting data between servers should be the first step to create a secure cyber environment. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol that codes information through 3256-bit encryption, making it impossible to translate should it be intercepted by a hostile third party. For businesses taking transactions, you should also be following standards laid out by the Payment Card Industry (PCI).

Monitor User Activity Regularly

An effective way of maintaining cyber security is to establish a system that allows you to monitor activity and quickly respond to suspicious behaviour. By implementing a framework, it becomes easier to uncover security weaknesses.

A Strong Password is Crucial

Using a weak password makes it easy for hackers to infiltrate, no matter how sophisticated the security software is. Passwords most easily guessed include predictable sequences or personal information such as names, birthdays, place names or popular sports teams. Encourage more difficult passwords such as containing random numbers, capital letter and other characters. Or encourage staff to change their passwords regularly.

Implement a Two-Factor Authentication

One step further would be to set up two-factor authentication. Usually undertaken by sending a randomised code as an SMS or notification once the password is correct. There is little effort in this system and ensures any personal and payment data is safely secured.

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