Stu Dixon from Splendid Webs was kind enough to offer some free training on Cybersecurity 6 local charities and businesses on 19th February 2019.
Cybersecurity can sound intimidating to small businesses and charities who might not feel they have the necessary expertise to manage their own IT security. Stu, from Splendid Webs, provided the group with training that covered the basics in simple, easy to digest language.
Your legal responsibilities
The key law is the Data Protection Act (1998). Every organisation is responsible for ensuring any data they hold on consumers is secure. Stu explained the benefits of having security reviews and policies in place both to prevent a breach and to enable your organisation to respond quickly if the worst happens.
Keeping passwords secure is an effective way to prevent unauthorised access to your data. Stu discussed a number of simple things to do with the group, such as changing passwords regularly and using a management tool like Lastpass to make the whole process easier.
Phishing and fraud
The group were particularly interested in the specific methods used by fraudsters targeting small businesses and charities. However, the tips provided by Stu on phishing were especially useful as these apply both organisationally and personally.
Keeping your software up to date
One of the easiest and yet most overlooked way of securing your IT is ensuring that any software you have is the most recent version. Installing updates as soon as they become available makes sure your system has all the latest improvements and fixes. This makes it harder for viruses or hackers to gain access to your data.
Splendid Webs are also offering a discount to Lewisham Local Members.