Business cyber security: An essential part of COVID-19 business contingency planning

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pocket
Business Cyber Security

Business cyber security measures should be an essential part of COVID-19 business contingency planning

With more and more staff working from home in Australia due to COVID-19 measures, cyber criminals have already started taking advantage of vulnerabilities arising from the use of remote access technologies. This means it’s essential to incorporate good cyber security measures into your contingency and business continuity planning.

COVID-19 SMS scam
A COVID-19 SMS scam

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has reported a COVID-19 themed scam being distributed via text message. The message appears to come from ‘GOV’ as the sender
and includes a SCAM link that if clicked, may install malicious software on your device, designed to steal bank details.

Cyber Security Measures Your Business Should Undertake

Being proactive and ensuring good cyber security measures is the best way to address cyber threats. We recommend the following measures:

1. Review your Business Contingency plans and procedures.

Our COVID-19 business continuity checklist can help you plan.

2. Ensure your systems are up-to-date

This includes ensuring your networks and firewalls are up to date with the most recent security patches

3. Increase Cyber Security Measures

Increase these measures in anticipation of the higher demand on remote access technologies. Don’t forgot to also test these measures ahead of time, if possible

4. Remote Desktop Client

If you use a remote desktop client, ensure it is secure.

5. Remote Devices

Ensure all work devices including laptops, mobiles and tablets, are secure.

6. Backups

Ensure that servers are still being backed up and staff, if they are using systems remotely but saving locally, are backing up their work securely.

7. Multi-Factor Authentication

If you haven’t already done so, implement multi-factor authentication on all remote systems and resources. This includes your Cloud-based services.

8. Educate Your Staff

Ensure your staff are educated about good cyber security practices, such as detecting socially-engineered messages.

If you have any questions or concerns about your cyber security or business IT, contact Surety IT today.

Further Reading

How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware

How to Prevent a BEC Attack

What to include in a Laptop Security Policy

Tips to Prevent Data Breaches in your Business

Why Good Cyber Security is a Positive for your Business.

About the author:

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart is a highly experienced and skilled IT Challenger at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.

Surety IT’s mission is to address and overcome the 4 biggest problems businesses have with their IT systems and support which are: poorly performing systems, unreliable systems, unresponsive IT support and poor IT related advice.

We’ve developed a proprietary process that allows us to do that by: thoroughly understanding your business requirements, gaining an in-depth knowledge of your IT systems, identifying mission critical technology issues vital to your business performance and ensuring our ‘Solution Path’ process is specifically designed and tailored for you with value based solutions and support.

Give us a call or send us a message on our contact page to find out more about how we go about achieving these outcomes.

Scroll to Top