Is it time your organisation had a spring clean of its IT security, data backup and disaster recovery? It may be time to review your cybersecurity.

The 2019 Telstra Security Report has identified that 84% of Australian companies will increase security budgets as they are aware of the importance this places on minimising cyber-crime and all associated risks.

The risk of a cyber-attack is increasing, with the Australian Government currently pledging the prospect of AU$156 million to be used to improve cybersecurity and increase Australia’s cyber talent. This comes in the wake of the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme, a recent regulation that requires the public to disclose any breaches.

Since the NDB Scheme, we only need to delve into the multitude of occasions an organisation has reported to have been affected by a cyber-attack. One of the biggest music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland was affected by a data breach in 2018, when it disclosed 60,000 attendees personal data had been compromised. Another local example was the cyber-attack on Australia Catholic University’s IT system in July 2019 where several staff email accounts and some internal systems had been compromised.

While these are two large examples, the point we are trying to make is that no organisation is safe from the risk of a cyber-attack. Whether that be a large university, a huge music event or a small company who doesn’t see the value in itself being a target.

You only need to read the 2019 Telstra Security Report to understand that cyber-attacks show no sign of slowing down either.

However, there is good news – actions can be taken to boost your organisation’s cybersecurity.

Want to make sure your organisation isn’t next? The best foot forward is always to ensure the proper security measures are put in place internally.

Boosting Workplace Cybersecurity

Here are a few tips to ensure computers and software are updated, along with training best human practices to minimise the risk of an attack.

Prevent user error

User error remains a huge factor for cyber-attacks. Clicking on a fraudulent email or entering a malicious website are examples of phishing attacks that are an easy entry for an attacker. For example, the PayPal phishing email that targeted users to disclose their account details in a fake PayPal login portal.

Training staff around safe practices, to be aware of suspicious emails and clicking on links with caution is critical to preventing attackers from easily accessing internal systems. Having spam filters in place is important and ensuring all internal emails are monitored against risks depend on the organisation.

Working with an outsourced IT provider can assist organisations to find protection that includes blocking malware, spyware, phishing and hackers before they reach its network.

Updating systems and software

Out-of-date software and unfixed systems are vulnerabilities that need to be accounted for. In its simplest form, old computers are more vulnerable to exploits. Working with an internal IT team or an outsourced IT company is important to ensure hardware and software are working efficiently and constantly remain updated.

Data encryption

Encryption translates data into code where users can only access through entering a password or a decryption key. To put it simply, its the digital form of protecting your data, a method that can be used across devices, email and internal data itself.

Encrypting data is currently one of the most widely used methods of data protection by organisations. If this isn’t something your organisation currently utilises, it should be a top priority to your security plan.

Data backup and disaster recovery

Protecting your organisation’s most critical data comes in the form of data backup and disaster recovery. A data backup is a process of copying files and documents with the purpose to be able to access them in the event data is lost or compromised.

Working with an outsourced IT team can ensure that your backups are taken care of, instead of internally having to organise these yourself. The need to backup data varies depending upon your organisation and the type of important data you have.

Disaster recovery is also another method used in IT security. If disaster does occur, particularly in the form of a cyber-attack, then a recovery process can ensure business continuity.

We hope these tips provide a guideline to review your organisation’s current relationship with IT security.