In our previous article we explored the current work landscape, and we discovered that many had made a transition to Cloud computing in a remote setting amid the Covid-19 pandemic in an attempt to keep their organisations functional and bring in some semblance of the revenue they are accustomed to.
Technology is an ever-present feature in our lives in the modern world. Its power in today’s office environments cannot be understated – workplaces are a lot quieter than they ever have been before, with remote working becoming common practice, and it is thanks to the Cloud that this is even possible.
It is important that you do everything you can to prevent Malware from penetrating your systems. The consequences of not doing so could be dire and will see you fall short of the standards required to achieve Cyber Essentials Accreditation . For those that don’t know what Malware is, Malware is software that was constructed with the sole intention of causing damage to computer systems, servers, or an entire network.
It is essential that devices and software are kept up to date, because using devices and software that have fixes available but not installed not only leaves them vulnerable to security risks but will also stop you achieving the Cyber Essentials Accreditation.
Having Access Controls will ensure that user accounts can only access the networks, computers, and applications that that user needs to perform their role to the best of their ability. ‘Need’ is an important word here – the Cyber Essentials Accreditation requires that user accounts are only assigned to authorised individuals and not just anybody.
The second of the five controls we are going to explore is Secure Configuration. This involves making device and software settings as secure as possible. To achieve this successfully you must have a proactive approach to your IT management.
The default security settings on the system are never anywhere close to ensuring your system is as secure as it could possibly be.
Firewalls are the first of the five key components that are required to successfully achieve the Cyber Essentials Accreditation. We will now take a look at how Firewalls work, the different forms they come in, and – most importantly – the various ways to configure them to be sure that they meet the requirements outlined by Cyber Essentials.
Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme, designed to not only help businesses protect themselves from online threats that jeopardize the very survival of their organisation, but also to project a cyber security focused mindset to their clients. It was introduced in 2014 and many businesses up and down the country have since achieved the accreditation.
We have already looked at some of the most common threats to your organisation in our previous article and came to the conclusion that, due to the severity – and increased commonality - of these threats in the workplace, cyber security should be at the very top of your business concerns.
The modern world of work is now accessible from anywhere - it is this fact that has made the cyber security of your organisation more important than it ever has been before. Our reliance on tech has only grown over recent times, but unfortunately our knowledge of IT and the security measures we need to take hasn’t grown simultaneously.