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Testing your systems for security risks and weaknesses is key to maintaining a strong IT infrastructure. A cyber attack could damage your system configuration and may take many business days to repair the damage.

Here are a few tips on how to avoid cyber security issues.

Control the use of company equipment

Make sure that your organisation has processes in place so that the IT team or an official member of staff with the right privileges can lock down equipment, monitor their internet usage, and control what they can download and install. Enforcing policies at your organisation and using best practices are key.

Audit your IT equipment

Technology continues to grow and change at a rapid rate. It is therefore a good idea to review your strategy and make sure it’s up-to-date with respected standards. You should also make sure your security methods are current and employ modern day practices, such as password lengths. It is also vital to make sure that equipment is replaced if not supported anymore as older software/hardware can become more of a target over time.

Increase employee awareness

It is a good idea to make sure your staff understand the basics in cyber security. Most hackers may use an employee’s lack of understanding of security against the company, as they can worm their way into a computer system through the usage of social engineering. Keeping your staff trained in cyber threats will have a major increase in protecting your company’s system.

Keep software updated

One of the simplest strategies you can do is make sure all the company’s software is up-to-date and still supported. It is a good idea to upgrade operating systems of your company computers, make sure anti-virus software is installed and up-to-date, and make sure web browsers and browser extensions are updated also.

Don’t risk opening a file

Opening an email attachment from an unknown sender could very well contain a virus that can damage the computer system. A worm can attack the entire network and spread to all machines quite quickly, which can then cause devastation to your computer systems. Opening an attachment can also cause ransomware on the system, which can encrypt your entire drive without your authentication and can persist until payment is made, which could cost thousands to fix.

Denial of Service attacks and SIP

SIP trunking and Hosted Telephony have now overtaken the older ISDN technologies as the most common type of phone system connection. However, implementing SIP demands certain expertise and it is imperative that any VOIP Solution is installed and designed correctly. Open ports in Firewalls can be a juicy target for hackers (automated hacking systems) and a DoS (Denial of Service attack) can bring an internet connection to its knees and business operations with it.

Installing a Border Gateway or Session Border Controller is often the only way to proceed safely.

Proper IT Support

Having an expert IT company provide ongoing support is very important. We provide a wide range of IT Services across the UK, for businesses of all sizes.