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Unlike large companies whose IT professionals deal closely with their own companies' cyber risks, small and medium-sized Swiss businesses often know very little about cyber security. The risk of falling victim to an attack is underestimated, and this is precisely what makes SMEs a particularly rewarding target for hackers. High time therefore for an analysis: Carry out the security check from AXA now. It will help you quickly identify any deficits in your IT systems so that you can take effective measures.
Our free Security Check makes sense, as it provides you with an up-to-date evaluation of your company's IT and internet security and identifies where action is needed. Regardless of the individual Security Check result, preventive measures are always worthwhile: From training your employees to using the most up-to-date software and robust virus protection, you eliminate potential security gaps in your IT environment with the guidelines described below.
Awareness: Most cyber incidents stem from user ignorance. Regular training on awareness and recognition of current risks helps your staff deal securely with company IT and data. Are you already familiar with AXA's cyber prevention service?
Guidelines: Phishing e-mails and malicious software are some of the favorite tools of cyber criminals. Binding rules for e-mail communication and use of the internet help protect your company's sensitive information and applications.
Strong passwords: Define guidelines which staff must follow when allocating a password, e.g. it must either comprise at least 12 characters, automatically generated codes or be based on two-factor authentication.
Data backup: Implement a consistent backup routine in your company. This is imperative for securing important information over the long term.
Equally important: Always keep your backup copies protected and secure - and make sure this is done externally and separately from the computer/network.
User administration: The administration of users and management of their usage rights can make critical information much less vulnerable to attack.
Emergency plan: Reacting rapidly and correctly to a cyber incident is crucial due to its potential consequences. Make provision by defining immediate forensic, legal and communication measures for emergency situations.
Software: Use suitable software to close any security gaps. A firewall protects you against unauthorized access to your systems, and an anti-virus program increases the security of your data against viruses, worms or Trojan horses. And don't forget: The more recent your software, the more secure it is.
Updates: Only up-to-date versions of operating systems (e.g. Windows or macOS) and programs offer good protection. Always keep your software and any hardware connected to the internet up to date. The best way of doing so is to activate automatic updates.
Hardware: Old computers for which software updates are no longer available should stay offline and ideally be taken out of service altogether.
If there is a cyber attack, data subject to data protection may be stolen and misused. To ensure your company does not face any consequences under criminal law, this information must be protected in line with legal requirements.
If a service provider of your network is subject to a hacker attack, malware or social engineering, this may also pose a threat for you and your customers, such as with digitally networked production processes or a collectively used cloud. Make sure that your suppliers and business partners have the same security standards and use e-mail protection, anti-virus programs etc.
The above measures will significantly minimize the security risk for your company, but there is no such thing as 100% security on the World Wide Web. If you become a victim of cyber crime despite all protection systems, cyber insurance from AXA at least minimizes your financial losses, offers support in crisis management and in restoring data or systems. Everything for the sake of your business continuity.