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19 Jan 2018

Cyber security resolutions for 2018

Cyber security has certainly been in the spotlight over the last few years. In 2018, we can expect the focus on cyber security to continue as technological advances give the internet an even more prominent role in all aspects of our lives.

So, making some cyber security resolutions for the New Year will stand you in good stead. Sam Reed, Digital Growth Programme Consultant and Chief Technology Officer at Air IT shares his pick of cyber security resolutions for 2018.

Protect your connected devices
The growth in the internet of things (IoT) is set to continue and bring many benefits to our lives. At work, it can lead to greater productivity, while practices like remote working will become more common as the IoT gives staff greater flexibility to work off site.

Unfortunately, having more devices connected to the internet brings an added security threat. IoT devices can be hijacked by cyber criminals who can turn them into botnets and use them to carry out large scale attacks. To protect your IoT devices, start with basic measures like changing the default password and installing software updates regularly.

Move away from traditional passwords
Traditional passwords are a weak way of protecting sensitive business data because they rely on people following best practice rules they can easily ignore.

It is a good idea to take advantage of better password protection procedures that are available. Two-step authentication is already becoming more common and now multi-factor authentication is likely to incorporate further layers of security. Since mobile phones are often used in multi-step authentication, make sure they are protected too.

Make sure you are ready for GDPR
The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 will raise the bar in terms of keeping people’s personal data safe. If you haven’t already done so, then now is the time to review what personal data you hold and the data governance procedures you have in place.

You need to ensure you have the right procedures in place to detect, report and investigate data breaches. It is better to have preventative measures in place rather than being reactive, so it’s worthwhile investing in technology to keep you one step ahead of cyber criminals.

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12 Feb - Getting Ready for GDPR (Worksop)
15 Feb - Data & Making the Most of your Business Relationships (Derby)
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28 Feb - Data & Making the Most of your Business Relationships (Bassetlaw)
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8 Feb - Data & Making the Most of Business Relationships (Oadby & Wigston)
21 Feb - Developing a Cyber Resilience Strategy (Hinckley)
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