There are no small targets anymore – hacker attacks on SMEs
A little goes a long way
Here are ten simple rules that are also simple to follow. They will provide effective protection if they are genuinely adhered to by everyone in the company.
Ten simple protective measures against attacks by hackers
1. Make sure you and your employees are always aware that you and your company are a worthwhile target for attacks by outsiders.
2. Offer your employees security training. Tools and white papers for this purpose are available online.
3. Only give each employee the access credentials they need in order to do their job. Do not give company passwords to family members.
4. Create back-ups continuously. In the worst-case scenario, only yesterday’s data will be lost.
5. Encrypt sensitive data. This option is already included in many Windows formats. You can also find suitable training on email security, social media guidelines and general measures online.
6. Only provide individualised login details. This makes it easier to track employees’ online activity and increases security.
7. Set rules for the standards that employees’ passwords need to adhere to. These should include numbers, special characters and both upper- and lower-case letters.
8. Develop clear guidelines for your company’s social media activity and check that they are adhered to. In this way, you can avoid sensitive data reaching the public, for example.
9. Use security software and insist that your employees do so, too. PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones must always have the latest version.
10. Separate Internet access for employees and guests of your company who are using a private computer or smartphone. Many routers allow the required network for this to be set up.