Cyber Security: Is Your Business at Risk?

29 Sep 2020

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Well done you for clicking to watch this video. I know this topic is a total drag but dominating the new right now are stories of website security breaches. Is your business at risk?

Hi guys, I’m Alice, the Director of Communications and one of the cofounders here at Mint.

How would your morning go if you arrived at work and found that you couldn't access your emails, your online calendar, your website and your drive? Uh-oh, you got hacked. It could take hours (at best) or at least days to re-gain access to everything and get back to business.

The Government Communications Security Bureau (a.k.a the GCSB) has issued a warning to all New Zealand businesses to be prepared for cyber attacks, following almost a week of daily attacks on the New Zealand stock exchange (NZX).

So What are the risks?

It's easy for us Kiwi businesses to feel immune to attacks but the idea that "I'm too small for a hacker to bother" is a dangerous way of thinking and one that provides hackers with opportunities for attacks.

Most Kiwi businesses are motivated to act because cyber attacks can bring loss of income,compromising of customer data and reputation damage. 2020 has been difficult enough, so let us help you get sorted.

So I’ve got  some basic best practises to share. I know security can be boring and intimidating and while most Kiwis businesses do have it on a to-do list somewhere, it tends to  always be at the bottom of the list.

If you want to cover your bases leave it experts who understand the complexities and the threats, you can get a website security audit through us at Mint. We'll review what security measures you have in place and where vulnerabilities may appear.

These require a high level of expertise and diligence from our team and cost $1499+GST. If you want to learn more or get started, Just email the lovely Lucia from our team ([email protected]). 

Within our audit, we'll provide a detailed report with low, medium and high risks. We'll help you decide what you need to sort ASAP and what the smart trade-offs are.

For the DIYers, here are some basic best practices for everyone to stay safe:

Number 1: Ensure you have SSL: Does a padlock icon appear to the left of your URL when you view your website? If yes, you're sorted. If not, contact us or your web provider.  This is a hugely effective and very affordable security measure.

Number 2: Use Two-factor authentication on every platform that allows it, but especially your banking and Xero or MYOB accounts.

Number 3: Backup your data. Talk to your IT team or provider if you're unsure if you're doing this.

Number 4: Check that your insurance covers cyber attacks.

Number 5: Use a password manager. This is our #1 tip for your protection (both personally and in business). We like 1Pass and LastPass.

Number 6: If your website is built on WordPress (it won't be if we built it) talk to your developer about security patches and regular security updates, especially if your website uses plugins. Consider upgrading from a system other than WordPress which is frequently targeted by hackers.

If you want more information on cyber security, check out the CERT NZ website, New Zealand's official body for improving cyber security for Kiwi businesses and individuals.

Thanks for watching.