How To Prepare Your Office IT For The Christmas Shutdown

Christmas Shutdown

With the festive season almost upon us, it’s easy to take your eye off the ball and forget the basics when it comes to preparing for the office shutdown. The truth is that if you take the time now to plan then you should be able to come back fresh and revived in January. 

Cybercrime increases dramatically during the holiday season, so it’s important to be aware of this and take necessary precautions. Without these precautions in place, you could return to a situation far worse than having to take down the last of the baubles or putting the tree out for recycling. 

By following these top tips, you can ensure your business will have a cyber-safe Christmas. 

Top Tips for a Cyber Safe Christmas

Build Strong Cyber Resilience

It is essential to learn from past experiences so that you can be protected against cyber-attacks. It’s always better to take preventive action rather than wait for a risk to materialise. Testing the effectiveness of your security controls helps you adapt to new risks before they happen. By undertaking regular penetration tests, you can uncover and patch weaknesses in your security defences, applications, and network before they can expose you to malicious attacks. 

Mobile Management Policies

Looking to secure your remote staff? Make sure they’re using encrypted devices and have a policy on hand if their device gets lost or stolenA solution that allows you to wipe sensitive information from mobile devices is also advisable. This gives you peace of mind that you have control over your corporate information. 

Password Protection

When it comes to password policies, employees need to avoid pet names, their date of birth, family names, their favourite holiday destination… the list goes on. Protect your accounts by using unique passwords for every account. To stop people from using weak passwords, introduce a password manager across the company. Password managers, such as LastPass, allow you to run reports to identify staff who are not following password best practices. 

Incident Response Plan

To prevent data loss and to keep your business up and running in the event of an outage, it is important to have a plan in place. This includes reporting an intrusion as soon as possible and not delaying in restoring service or mitigating any potential damage. 

Email Security

As our email accounts are one of our most important digital assets, which are extensively used for business messaging, it is recommended that companies keep them secure with strict security controls.  

Unfortunately, many businesses are still depending on bare minimum-security features offered by email providers such as Office365 to safeguard corporate accounts. Cyberattacks, especially during the holidays, are becoming more prevalent than ever before.  

One of the most common attack vectors is email. Businesses need to be making sure their security measures are up to date to prevent that risk entirely. This should involve enforcing anti-spoofing controls, being able to identify malicious emails, and preventing large transfers of data. 

BYOD Policies

In the wake of several major data breaches this year, many companies have been forced to allow employees to use personal devices for work. However, they need to make sure data is secure and confidential.  

This should include making sure your software is utilising the most current updates, installing security controls, encrypting data, and being able to remotely wipe a device if it gets stolen or is hacked. It is important to promote a culture that is focused on Cyber Security best practices, to ensure employees are following the necessary procedures. 

If you would like to chat about your Security needs, get in touch with our IT experts.

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