If you’re running a small business, it’s very important to work with a security-conscious mindset in all matters IT. The problems that can arise from IT issues can easily be insurmountable. In this article, we discuss some commonsense principles to bear in mind to help build a secure information framework for your business.
It Won’t Happen To Me
It will happen to someone – and it could be you. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best is the mindset to adopt. Anything less will mean your response will be reactionary and almost certainly not as good as anything planned.
Flaws in your IT system can create problems ranging from the mildly inconvenient to the permanent closure of your business – They are all better avoided. To begin with, let’s look at a recent situatation – the Petya Media Virus in 2017 – that impacted a huge number of Australian businesses.
The Petya Media Virus
The Petya Media Virus swept the world in 2017. It targeted Windows-based operating systems by encrypting the hard drive & making a demand for a payment to regain access to the system. Because the virus was spread through email attachments, it arrived ‘out of the blue’ and had a huge global impact, including Australian businesses. Learn more about Petya on Wikipedia.
In Australia, the response was reactionary – it was difficult to put together a clear picture of what was happening. It will happen again. But what have we learnt from this occasion?
Creating Your Own Lessons
You may not have been impacted by Petya, but that shouldn’t stop you from learning the lessons it taught. This type of proactive thinking is the best defence against IT threats to your business because although the threats vary in delivery, the results are usually the same – information is lost; information is withheld; information is stolen.
The lesson from Petya was the loss of your device/s should not compromise your business.
There were other useful lessons too, including:
1) Keep your computer operating system up to date
2) Keep your computer software up to date
3) Use anti-virus software
4) Back up your files to a safe place
5) Exercise caution opening documents and clicking links
But the really harsh lesson was that devices can be lost (even when you still have them in your hands) and if that happens, then what are you going to do next?
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