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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and as you probably know, I teamed up with IT company Focusnet awhile ago to provide comprehensive cyber solutions and support to our clients.

Partnering with Focusnet has made me realise there are still a lot of businesses out there that are inadequately protected from cyber security breaches. I totally get it – the digital world is getting more complex (and confusing!) by the day, and it can be difficult to stay on top of security.

But the unfortunate truth is that we are the biggest risk to our own cyber security – contrary to what many believe, the majority of cyber security breaches are driven by human error. 

Take this quick quiz to see whether you’re easily scammed.

A single mistake – just one – by you or an employee can set the stage for a major cyber attack. I’ve seen it firsthand, and let me tell you, even with top-tier security, it’s still possible to get hacked if you’re not careful.

Cyber Security Awareness Month
Are your passwords easy to uncover?

The weakest links in cyber security

There are a number of ways those sneaky hackers get inside our businesses. Here are some of the most common tricks:

Social engineering attacks

These attacks manipulate us psychologically. Techniques like phishing prey on our human nature, duping us into giving away confidential information even when we’re guarded by the best tech defences. For example, if we receive an email saying we need to verify a link or our social media will get shut down, we might panic and click on it.

Weak passwords

‘Password123’, anyone? Password-related mistakes like using easily decipherable passwords or not enabling Multi-Factor Authentication make it really easy for hackers to access our tech. Make sure your passwords are strong and share them with staff using password management software like LastPass.

Delaying updates

Delaying software and system updates creates opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit known vulnerabilities. If virus protection software is sending you multiple notifications to install updates, don’t delay in doing it!

Careless data handling

Unintentionally mishandling sensitive data can be as dangerous as intentionally sharing it on social media. If you collect client information it’s vital that you store it securely. If this data is hacked you might be liable for damages, so make sure you protect you and your business.

Physical security oversights

Don’t forget that hackers can access your computers physically too, so make sure they have adequate password protection. If you are letting people (such as cleaners) into the building after hours make sure you do a security check and hire from reputable companies.

BYOD policies

While bringing your own devices to the office can sometimes boost productivity, it can also lead to security loopholes. Personal devices may not always have good virus protection software on them to protect against threats.

Third-party risks

Ever thought about the security standards of your third-party vendors? If you share client data with other companies, ask them about their security practises too. A weak link in their chain can very well be your own downfall.

Cyber Security Awareness Month
Unfortunately, you are probably the biggest cyber risk to your business


8 tips to stop your business from getting hacked


  1. Stay educated on cyber security
    Stay up to date with the latest info on cyber threats and safety measures. Have you signed up to my newsletter yet?  I offer frequent cyber security tips. I recommend having regular team meetings to make sure your staff are also across cyber security best practices.
  2. Upgrade your password game
    Use unique, strong passwords for various programs. Ditch the ‘password123’ mindset and make sure you securely share passwords with your team using software like LastPass.
  3. Make sure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is turned on
    MFA is your second line of defence. Ensure it’s up and running wherever possible – and make sure your team is using it too on all of their devices.
  4. Consistent software updates
    System patching isn’t just a fancy term. It means running updates that address security vulnerabilities within a program or product, and it’s worth doing this on a regular basis! Security patching is an essential defence strategy against hackers keen on exploiting known vulnerabilities.
  5. Double-check before clicking
    That email link or attachment? Give it a second look. Always verify its source, and make sure your staff members are wary of anything they receive that might look suspicious. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
  6. Encryption is your friend
    Sensitive data should always be encrypted to ensure it stays secure. If you have no idea how to do this, then it’s worth contacting FocusNet so that your client data stays safe.
  7. Invest in your team
    Remember, your team is both your weakest link and your strongest asset. Regular cyber security training could potentially save you thousands of dollars in lost revenue from being hacked. Reach out to FocusNet  for more information on how you can access cyber security training.
  8. Get cyber insurance
    If the worst is to happen, make sure you are protected against any cyber threats by getting cyber insurance. It’s almost impossible to be on top of all the tech changes, all the time, especially if you’re busy running a business. This is why I recommend cyber insurance for all of my clients.

Need more advice or keen on cyber insurance? Reach out!  Remember, the best defence is always a good offence.

And don’t forget to take this quick  Cyber Security Awareness Month quiz to see if you’d fall for an email scam.





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