Due to the current climate around global security issues, including those posed by the pandemic, Brexit and the recent developments between Russia and Ukraine, businesses should be preparing to prevent any compromises to their digital security.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many companies have moved their staff to remote working. Working from home has its benefits, but from a cyber security perspective, it can create added challenges. Staff working remotely will often fall outside of the security controls that companies put in place, like firewalls and filters.
In addition to this, there has been increased activity for phishing scams and attacks, where unsuspecting victims are having their credentials stolen – which creates even higher risks for businesses and your business systems.
The pandemic has created opportunities for scammers and cyber attackers to capitalise on gaps in cyber security, causing them to breach business systems for financial gain. As a business owner you should be locking down your business as tightly as possible, to ensure that none of your data, whether that’s personal staff or customer information and other financial details about you or your customers, is to become part of a criminal operation for cyber theft.
For example, on our own Microsoft 365 system, we have blocked any logins from certain countries. We can help other businesses to prepare for and try to prevent instances of hacking, phishing scams and other cyber security threats, which are especially important under current global circumstances. If your company works mostly domestically in the UK or in only a few international locations, you could start by restricting users in specific countries from attempting to log into any of your digital systems. This is called geo-fencing and is a low-impact, low-cost option to help prevent cyber threats from becoming a reality. There are lots of other measures that you can use too, which can be tailored to your business needs.
If you are concerned for the safety and integrity of your data, staff and of your business communication systems, contact the Hive Communications team as soon as possible to put a plan in place for tackling some of these challenging cyber security issues, before it is too late. Call us on 01722 777999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and speak to our technicians about your requirements.