Cybersecurity is a big concern for all businesses. Data breaches cost big money and loses companies the trust of consumers. People want to do business with those who prioritise protecting their information. How do you protect business data against cyber breaches?
Cyber criminals targeting small business
The 4iQ Identity Breach Report 2019 found cyber criminals now focused on small businesses with a 424% increase in data breaches since 2017. So having ISO 27001 NZ certification tells the world you take information security seriously. And can be a deterrent.
When you implement ISO 27001, you understand how and what information your organisation collects, stores and uses and your responsibilities. It also means your business has a culture of security where all members of staff take responsibility for information security. ISO 27001 gives you opportunities for continual improvement. By measuring and analysing changes, you can identify risks and opportunities to improve information security across the business.
Cybersecurity best practices
Cyber criminals are turning their sights to small and medium businesses, probably because they consider them an easier target. So it is important to make sure you have comprehensive cybersecurity policies for staff to follow. And you need everyone to take these policies seriously for them to be adequate. You can have the best software on the market and cybersecurity policies but if no one uses or follows them, they are likely to fail.
To protect the organisation from hackers, some cybersecurity best practices include:
- Use strong password protection. Use strong passwords that are at least 10 characters long with a mix of lowercase and capital letters, symbols and numbers. Changed them regularly. Also consider using multi-factor authentication for signing into company systems.
- Do not open links, emails or pop-ups from unknown sources. Phishers prey on employees tempting them into opening links, emails or pop-ups that have malicious software embedded. Once someone clicks on it, it can give the hacker access to the organisation’s computer systems. Implement software that blocks suspicious emails and sends them to a quarantine file where you can check their authenticity.
- Software updates. Update software, especially security software, when updates become available. Anti-virus software and malware have frequent updates to respond to the latest threats.
- Backing up data. This is so simple but something too many small and medium business do not do. Back up your data. Have a policy that ensures all data is backed up weekly or daily and store a copy offsite. This makes it simple to restore your computer systems and information if there is a data breach.
ISO 27001 helps prevent data breaches
ISO 27001 gives you the information security framework to help prevent data breaches. But you cybersecurity strategies must remain agile in response to a changing environment.
Accreditation helps to:
- Put clear training policies and practices in place for employees.
- Identify gaps in security systems to implement solutions.
- Give a competitive advantage in the industry.
- Build trust in the organisation.
- Demonstrate compliance to government legislation and regulations.
- Win new clients and customers.
- Decrease the risk of a cyber-attack.
So if information security is a priority, contact us for more information about ISO 27001 certification. We can show you how to protect your information, earn consumer trust and grow your business so it reaches its potential.