Backup all your data, regularly and redundantly (on two independent locations at least)!
Keep up to date: the operating system, virus scanner, firewall and the apps you use.
3. Only secure software
Free software such as public clouds for communication or filesharing are only for private purposes suitable. If we talk about business and sensitive data, despite the habits and convenience should play it safe. If you don't want that the valuable information reach third parties, you should definitely invest in protection to avoid high costs and which could damage your business later. Therefore we recommend our encrypted all-in-one platform for tap-proof business communication, which you can test the first month for free with a demo account: platform.swiss-securium.ch/en
Choose strong passwords with sufficient length and change them at appropriate intervals. Use tested password managers to keep passwords safe and simple. Role-based password managers such as PassSecurium (www.pass-securium.ch/en) are perfect for storing passwords in your company in a structured manner for different user groups with appropriate authorizations and for convenient management.
5. Activate screen lock on all work devices
Never leave your PC, notebook or mobile phone unlocked, even if you are only for a short time away.
6. More caution with phishing emails
Pay attention to the sender, spelling mistakes, missing names and a mail header that is forgery-proof and provides information about the actual sender. You should pay particular attention if personal data is requested, if there is an allegedly urgent need for action and if the e-mail contains a link or attachment. Trough file attachments can very quickly catch Trojans.
7. Use public WLAN only with VPN
If you are out of the office, special caution is required, because through unsecured public WLANs can not only stolen your data but also hacked your device. For this reason you should only work with VPN in public places as well as in your home office, to protect your data and communication. An alternative for secure work on the road are so called remote desktops - virtual workstations. With DeskSecurium (www.desk-securium.ch/en) you can access your workplace from any Internet-capable device anytime and anywhere in a secure and comfortable way.
All your data should be encrypted. This is the only way to give your data an additional security level in case if your device will be lost or hacked.
9. Do not carelessly plug in any untested devices & cables
Every company should take appropriate security measures to protect its own equipment from possible risks. For example, all USB sticks should be checked for malware or better not be used at all. Even better to deactivate USB media in the device and use controlled data management systems.
10. Regularly informing employees
The "human factor" is often the biggest risk in a company. Small employee mistakes caused by uncertainty can open access to the most sensitive infrastructures. Criminals use social engineering to exploit the inattention of their own employees. The cyber danger can be significantly reduced through targeted and employee-friendly training measures.
We wish you a secure and successful year!