cyber attacks

Cyber security should be at the top of the agenda for any business, right behind making a profit. In this technology-driven world, cyber attacks are all too common, so you can never be too careful.

How do you think your cybersecurity measures stack up? Why not take our quick quiz to see how your business is doing and if you have any vulnerabilities waiting to be exploited? Let’s dive right in…

Q1: Some businesses are too small for cyber criminals to care about.

  1. True
  2. False

This is false. The attacks on big corporations are the most publicised, but that doesn’t mean cyber criminals don’t target smaller businesses too. In fact, research suggests SMEs are actually just as likely to be attacked

Q2: How often should a business conduct cybersecurity training? 

  1. Once when first operational
  2. Once a year
  3. Every 4-6 months

Industry best practice suggests you conduct cyber security training roughly every 4-6 months. After 4 months, employees still seem to remember what they learned, but begin to forget around the 6-month mark. This study focused specifically on the employee’s memory for phishing attacks, which account for around half of all cyber attacks and are recognised as the top cause of data breaches.

Q3: Offsite backups are essential.

  1. True
  2. False

That’s true. Offsite backups are incredibly important. Yet 10% of organisations aren’t backing up their data at all. Offsite backups offer a solution if you’re ever the victim of ransomware, a data breach, or even in the event of a disaster that could destroy systems, such as an earthquake, fire, or flood. Offsite backups can’t prevent attacks, but they mean you still have your data if someone tries to steal or delete it. You never know what might happen.

Q4: Working from home reduces cyber security threats.

  1. True
  2. False

Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Working from home poses different risks than working in the office. 20% of businesses have suffered a breach because of the actions of a remote worker since the lockdown began. Employees might have weak setups, they might share their work device with others, or they might simply just be unaware of how to spot risks. This is why it’s so important to keep employees up-to-date with cyber security training.

A cyber attack can compromise a business, ruining its reputation and costing thousands. But all this can easily be avoided by simply taking the time to ensure your business has the strongest line of defence against attackers. 

Don’t know where to start? Leave it to the experts. Nisyst Cyber Security is dedicated to providing innovative and up-to-date security solutions. For more information, call us on 01204 706000.