Three Tips To Keep Your Company’s Computers Safe From Cyber Attacks

Three Tips To Keep Your Company’s Computers Safe From Cyber Attacks
A company is comprised of individuals who function by themselves without constant supervision. After all, this is why you hire your employees: you can’t possibly do everything yourself.

You have either to put a great deal of faith into these individuals or hire a second set of employees who are only there to monitor every employee’s actions. You can imagine that this is no way to spend the company’s earnings. And who’s to say that you can trust the second set of employees in the first place…?

The realisation that your employees could open a backdoor for cyber criminals to find their way into your systems may be shocking (sorry about that) but it is worth pointing out in order for you to find ways to minimise this risk. This is where the implementation of a security framework comes into play but it can be a complicated and ongoing process. South African companies will have to implement IT security whether they want to or not, and we will discuss this in more detail in the future. In the meantime, there are a few steps you can take right away to ensure better IT security.

Use Legitimate Software

ou may look at this heading and say, “Well, no. Legitimate software is expensive.” But we maintain that it can become much more costly if you do not invest in legitimate software. The reason for this is simple: Any software that requires to be cracked before using it could already be tampered with in other ways as well. A bonus of legitimate software is that you will receive regular software and security updates from the software company.

Restrict Administration Powers

Not every employee needs access to full administration powers. In fact, very few need this access to complete their daily tasks. Ensure that these computers are set to “Standard User.” Without administration powers, your employees cannot accidentally disable the firewall or install a programme that didn’t need to be installed.

Educate Your Workforce

We might have made you a tad sceptical about your employees with the opening paragraph. That was not the intention. For the most part, employees are not malicious and will not want the company to go under; it is their livelihood on the line as well. However, there is nothing quite as dangerous as being uninformed, especially when it comes to internet security. It would be wise to invest in a speaker to host an internet security presentation or you can compile one yourself if you feel up to the task. It would be good for them to learn best practices for browsing (don’t just click on any link!) and how to spot a “phishy” email a mile away. With their newfound information, your own employees will be able to keep your company computers from infiltration. However, human error can still slip in, so it is also good to…
“Ransomware is unique among cybercrime because in order for the attack to be successful, it requires the victim to become a willing accomplice after the fact” 
- James Scott, Sr. Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology
There are other ways to keep your company safe from cyber-attacks. You can read our article, “Basic Steps For Online Safety,” if you want a few more tips. If you have any questions on the advice in this article, then please get in touch with us by filling in the form on our Contact Us page.