Catapulting SME Cyber Defences: A Practical Starting Point


In the digital age, SMEs are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. Enhancing your cyber defences doesn’t always mean paying for expensive new technologies. Sometimes, it’s about making smarter use of the tools and resources you already have. Here’s clear direction on how to bolster your cyber defences without denting your profits.

1. Data Backup: Your Safety Net

Ensure you have all your data backed up—whether it’s on users’ computers, on a server, or in the cloud. Regular checks with your IT support can confirm that your backups are up to date and recoverable. This is your first line of defence against data loss from cyber attacks.

2. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): A Simple Yet Powerful Layer

Enabling MFA on your Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace accounts adds an extra layer of security. It’s a simple step that significantly reduces the risk of unauthorised access.

3. PINs Over Passwords: A Shift in Access Strategy

Consider using PIN numbers instead of passwords on your desktop and laptop computers. PINs are tied to the specific device, making them a more secure option than traditional passwords.

4. Auto-Updates: The Silent Guardians

Set all your smart devices and Windows and Mac devices to auto-update themselves. This ensures that you’re always running the latest software versions, which include important security patches.

5. Firewall: Closing Unnecessary Doors

Ask your IT support to check for unnecessary open ports on your firewall. Open ports can be potential entry points for attackers, so it’s crucial to close any that aren’t needed.

6. Staff Education: Knowledge is Power

Educate your staff by using free resources from the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). Awareness is key in preventing successful phishing attempts and other common cyber threats.

This is just the beginning, and there’s lots more to do after, but these steps get you off the start line and they provide a solid foundation for improving your cyber defences.

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