The subject of growth is a huge talking point that always ends up making the news, especially given the economy of the UK over the last few years. With that being said, back in 2018, it was noted that the Midlands, along with the north of England, had been rapidly growing over the last few years. In the case of the Midlands, which is a huge railway and road hub, this was helped dramatically by cities such as Birmingham.
As the third biggest economy within the UK, Birmingham actually saw a 162% population growth between 2002 and 2015. Alongside this, it also saw jobs within the city grow by 30% in the 17 years between 1998 and 2015. This is obviously great news for those living or operating a business within the area.
However, with this in mind, it’s important to ensure that your business is always safe; especially in the world of electronics. You can ensure that all computers and electronics are in top working order and protected against power surges – but what about your cyber security?
Below, we’ve highlighted four ways to protect your company from getting hacked in our increasingly digitised society.
First thing’s first; passwords. These are at the centre of most security policies, but can also lead to the compromise of many sites.
If you run a smaller business, you’ll need to implement a system that’ll only allow certain people to access certain areas with passwords – helping to protect data. This will mean that certain information is available to everyone, helping to reduce hacking issues. Also, make sure staff members change passwords regularly for additional safety.
No matter what you do, passwords can still be vulnerable. Yes, even with the right systems in place. Therefore, it’s now vital that businesses have a two-factor authentication/verification system in place where they can.
This means, if someone tries to access systems from unauthorised devices, they’ll be asked for a separate authorisation code alongside the password. This will often be sent via methods such as SMS. This is designed to make hacking harder, and keep you notified of such attempts.
You may think this is only for huge companies – but a formal security policy can be extremely beneficial to companies of all shapes and sizes.
Done right, it can be a lifesaver to your business, outlining how to protect data, and what to do if things go wrong. Knowing that you have an incident response strategy in place is not only good for the business, but for your peace of mind too. Meaning you’ll be able to remain a little calmer in the event of such an incident.
Finally, keep employees educated with regular training. Ensuring your staff know all about the latest software and techniques is great for business in general, but it’ll also ensure everything is safe at all times. Although it’s fourth on the list, it’s one of the most important safety requirements around.