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Tips and ideas to keep you safe in 2015

December is a time when everyone focuses on the promise of the year ahead. Business plans have been made, targets drawn up, and everyone is full of resolve to make next year the best ever. And when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, it’s always wise to put your security plans at the top of the list. After all, who wants their business ambitions thwarted by cybercriminals? So why not make the most of the downtime between the bank holidays and get your security house in order? Here are some tips to keep you safer in 2015:

Review your passwords policy Make sure your people know what makes for a strong password — no dictionary words, but instead use a mix of cases, punctuation marks and numbers. Never use the same password for all online accounts — if one gets hacked they all could! Nudge your employees to change their passwords regularly too.
Delete old accounts, email addresses and mailboxes Knowing what’s live and being used by your people is essential in helping you track suspicious behaviour. By deleting old accounts and mailboxes you are removing a potential vehicle that attackers could use to access your network and information, or to tap into your business ecosystem.
Ensure all software is up to date By deploying the latest releases of your software you will close down any inherent vulnerabilities that cybercriminals may use to infiltrate your operations. Obviously it’s incredibly important to ensure your security software, including blacklisting and whitelisting directories, are always in sync with today’s security landscape.
Review your device inventory It’s the only way to ensure all your hardware is protected. This is particularly important when you have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place.
Update your company IT security policy User training is vital. If your people don’t know where security risks lie, they can’t help the company avoid them. Any policy should include information such as:

  1. Never giving out personal or financial information or company secrets — cybercriminals often pose as colleagues, suppliers or customers
  2. Challenging suspicious behaviour — such as unannounced people on your premises
  3. Avoiding unsolicited emails — particularly those offering deals that seem too good to be true
  4. Telling users not to download unauthorized software onto work computers
  5. Keeping personal devices that are also used for work updated with the latest security software

Of course there are plenty more actions you can take to keep your company safe from cyber attackers keen to get their hands on your valuable information. Take the opportunity this holiday season to shore up your security and enjoy greater peace of mind throughout 2015