Business Cyber Security: An Essential Part of COVID-19 Planning

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.

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About the author:

Ash Klemm

Ash Klemm

Ash has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.His journey from a casual salesperson at Chandlers to State Manager at a national IT distribution company, while battling health issues, including a double lung transplant in 2015, gave him the experience, know-how, tenacity, and marketing insight, to find solutions and help businesses grow.After spending several years in the ivory tower of state management, Ash missed the genuine connection of face to face meetings and helping make a difference to businesses in need.His authentic, conversational, and easy-going nature helps our customers feel at ease and shows them we are a brand to trust. Ash spends his days advocating for our customers to ensure they receive the best possible service in a timely fashion. Ash is also the in house chair builder.His curiosity and natural problem-solving ability make him the perfect first call for all our new customers to help determine what is wrong, how Surety IT can help and what the best solutions are moving forward.
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