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National Computer Security Day: What You Need to Know About Staying Safe Online

29 November 2022

by Kevin Walsh, IT Manager

30 November is National Computer Security Day, which is a great opportunity to promote the idea of computer safety and security. With the increasing number of cyber-attacks and other issues relating to internet security, it’s important for everyone to be alert about this topic. In honour of National Computer Security Day, we interviewed Kevin Walsh, our IT Manager.

Why is it important to stay secure online?

The goal of being secure online is to safeguard your company or personal information from threats and dangers.

What are the biggest computer security threats to businesses?

Phishing threats are the most common security threats that businesses face. Phishers will often pose as a reliable person, such as a work colleague, to trick you into providing personal or business information, clicking a dangerous link in an email or providing login credentials. An incident can have disastrous consequences. Theft of money or identity, as well as an unauthorised transaction, are examples of this type of fraud for people.

How can businesses avoid computer security threats?

Train your employees to be cyber security aware. Although you might spend a lot of money on systems and equipment, the effectiveness of your cyber security depends on your staff. They are the ones who can identify fraudulent emails.

Taking your time to review emails and messages carefully is the key to identifying a phishing attempt. This will make it easier for you to notice errors like misspelt names, poor grammar, or links that don’t point to the right place.

What would be the appropriate response in a cyber security emergency?

Even a minor security compromise can have a significant impact on a small business. Consider the immediate steps you and your staff will need to do in the event of an incident. Make a list of who to call in case of an incident, as it’s critical you know who will make the key decisions. Make sure you have a plan for what to do with your data. This may involve locking or turning off your computer systems or emails to prevent further impacts.

How can we help with computer security?

Please contact DTE IT Support for any security advice, however, in the meantime below are a few ways to increase security:

  • Make sure all computers and laptops are up to date
  • Create regular backups of your data in case of a breach
  • Use strong passwords or 2-factor authentication
  • Be wary of suspicious emails
  • Make sure your Wi-Fi is secure
  • Dispose of old IT equipment and records securely

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