5 Steps To Help Secure Your Business Computers and Servers

May 21st, 2012No Comments
In 2012, the National Cyber Security Awareness Week will be June 12th-15th. This initiative was established by the Australian Government to place an emphasis on home users and small business and how they can protect themselves from electronic attacks and fraud. Cyber threats continue to increase each year and it is vital that small businesses have a plan in place to secure their files and information. To help get the word out about Cyber Security Awareness, we have put together a list of important steps you should take to reduce your threat of online attack.
  1. Install a firewall: A firewall monitors all incoming and outgoing traffic on your computer using a set of rules. Information can be blocked that doesn’t conform with these rules. There are hardware firewalls which can be built into a computer or router; and software firewalls which can be installed on a computer.
  2. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software: Once you have installed this software, make sure it is always turned on and renew your software to keep up to date with the latest threats. For more information on anti-virus software check out this page.
  3. Scan USB sticks: This is especially important with USBs that come from an unfamiliar or untrustworthy source. It is also a good idea to turn off the autorun function commonly enabled on the Microsoft Windows operating system.
  4. Develop a Password Procedure: This involves ensuring your staff avoid easy to guess passwords. They should also memorise their passwords, use completely new passwords every time they are changed, never share passwords and never send passwords by email.
  5. Secure your wireless network: Ensure that wireless access is secured with encryption. This is a whole blog entry in itself so visit here to find out more.
The above are fairly basic precautions and there are further steps you should consider in addition to the above such as data backup; however, by following these you will greatly reduce the chance of cyber attacks. This list has been paraphrased from the government website StaySmartOnline. You can check out their website for a more in-depth review of online security.

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