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Ten easy steps to better IT security

Is your business taking its cyber security seriously? ICAEW’s IT Faculty can help you work out how to do even better at protecting your data and systems.

ICAEW’s IT Faculty recently updated and reissued its handy guide to protecting systems. 10 steps to cyber security for smaller firms was first devised in 2015 to give members a steer on how to best approach the keeping of business critical information. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fast approaching, we share some key points to bear in mind.

1 Allocate responsibilities

Do you know what needs doing and who should be doing it when it comes to your business and IT security? The first step in improving resilience is to know the answer to this question and to act upon it. A dedicated senior manager should have an overview of the risks, identifying what IT is vital to your operations. Depending on who uses systems and what for, the risk levels may differ.

2 Protect your network

The ransomware attacks WannaCry and GandCrab made the news when they either compromised or found highprofile systems to be vulnerable. Attacks from the outside can be warded off with regularly updated firewalls – there are built-in options or those you can buy for your particular needs. 

This is an extract from the Business & Management Magazine, Issue 262, March 2018.

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