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Do Your Business Have Cyber Essentials in Place?

Cyber Essentials is a program developed by the government to make it easier for all companies to protect themselves from cyberattacks.  The United States government is committed to organisations in the supply chain, but it is an excellent advantage for any other company because it is a testament to the commitment of cybersecurity.

The Cyber Essentials program provides five security controls to protect organisations from the most common cyber threats. You can complete a self-diagnosis questionnaire, as listed in five security control steps in your organisation. This allows you to decide whether you can apply for the Network Foundation certificate badge.

Safe Arrangement

This refers to security measures that apply when creating and installing network computers and devices. When you configure your computer and network device, you must ensure that this data is involved in a way that limits the threats.

The risks can be added using the default password in all systems and devices, and user accounts with random access, incorrect software installation, and so on. Apply a formal construction process or management system to ensure consistency of all devices your organisation uses; which devices employees can introduce and use for work.

Internet Gateways and Boundary Firewalls

Fire languishing provides Internet users with a basic level of protection for the walls and doors. When you are working, the firewall monitors all traffic on a network and can identify and block potentially malicious traffic.

If your firewall is weak and you can block unauthorised and unknown dangerous websites, your business may be inadequate. Employees are encouraged to visit only trusted secure websites that can be identified by the first use of the HTTPs/or the URL website. To prepare for possible access to the vulnerable sites, set the firewall as all policies by default. It allows to block all traffic by default and be explicitly made on certain traffic-known services.

Access control and management

One of the most significant risks in protecting a commercial network is to increase the user’s account. To demonstrate the prevention of “privilege creeps” in the configuration of a user account management system or the copyright management process.  Privilege Creep – a term that indicates a gradual increase in access that is stored when a user upgrades or changes a role without having to view and delete the old position.

Ensure that all user accounts are authorised, apply the rules of a sound username and a robust password and are evaluated regularly.

Patch management

The handling of the patch refers to the updates to the software. The update software helps to combat at a lower level cyberattacks that come from the knowledge of cybercrime threats in the specific version of the software. For example, using an old operating system such as Windows XP can expose your business to these types of occurrences.

You can only use licensed and supportive software and install software updates and security patches on time to protect your business. Implement policies to ensure that all devices used by employees are applied.

Malware protection

This is very clear – your business should be against installed devices and networks to prevent malware from being connected to the Internet. However, it is not good enough, and this software requires installation, maintenance. Ensure automatic malware protection updates, perform regular automatic scans, and scan the files (especially downloaded from web pages) to find some viruses.