What does online security mean for Cumbria?
Last updated at 15:00, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
John Nelmes highlights the issues Cumbrian businesses are facing in online security, and how they can be avoided. As we move further into the digital age, businesses are increasingly looking to utilise internet-based services to cut costs and improve efficiency.
Many businesses, though, are reluctant to do this because of the issue of security. We have all heard about hacking, data theft and lost laptops, but what does it mean for Cumbrian businesses?
E-security is a topic no business should disregard and there are many facets. For example, changing your password regularly or making sure the email from your bank was actually sent by them. Fortunately, it is not difficult to create an e-security audit for your business – in many cases it really is just common sense.
Passwords are one of the main issues I see with e-security. How many of you have one with words or numbers directly identifiable to you? Experts recommend a password length of 12-14 characters with a mixture of numbers and uppercase and lowercase letters.
Online security is essential when you consider what you could lose. One blog I read estimated that a person’s digital assets are worth £22,000 to them. Would you secure your car with a password that combines your birth date and your dog’s name?
There are many services and software packages that can help you manage your online security, from anti-virus and anti-spyware programmes to secure email services.
Be careful of any software you have found by searching the internet for these types of software. Sometimes malicious software is even made to look like genuine anti-virus software. If you are in any doubt, contact a BIG Cumbria advisor.
Keeping your business safe online can no longer be overlooked and needn’t be complicated or time-consuming. As the old saying goes ‘better safe than sorry’.
- Phishing, twishing, spoofing – BIG Cumbria is able to help you understand and get started with e-security, with plenty of useful hints, tips and advice. Call now on 0330 119 0001.
First published at 14:49, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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