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Keep your organisation safe from cyber attacks

Here are 12 tips for keeping your email, accounts, and devices—including those that are connected to your organisation’s network— safe from cyber attacks!

Today, businesses and individuals are frequently exposed to cyber attacks. And those digital threats are not only increasing in number, but also in sophistication. Read our blog to see how you can keep your organisation safe from cyber attacks.

Be sceptical of messages with links, especially those asking for personal information
Be on guard against messages with attached files
Only share personal information in real time

Fake links and websites can be very convincing. Rather than trusting links, find a phone number on the sender’s official website so you can call them directly to confirm the message is legit.

Never open unexpected attachments, even if they seem to come from people or organisations that you
trust. If you’re concerned that the message may be important, call the sender to verify.

It’s always best to share personal information in person or by phone. If you absolutely must email personal information, use Microsoft Outlook’s encryption tools.

Go password less and use an authenticator app for stronger security
If you must use passwords, make them strong and unique with a password manager
Enable the lock feature on all your mobile devices

Your password can’t be stolen if you don’t have a password. Turn on password less for your Microsoft
account to sign in with your phone or Windows Hello instead.

Strong passwords have at least 14 random characters and symbols. You can use the Microsoft Edge browser to remember passwords and manage password changes.

Ensure that your mobile devices require a PIN, fingerprint, or facial recognition to be unlocked.

Install software updates immediately
Ensure all the apps on your devices are legitimate
Use Windows 11 and turn on Tamper Protection to protect your security settings

Many app, browser, and operating system updates contain security fixes for currently active issues, so install them promptly to maintain the latest security standards.

Only install apps from the official app store for your device.

Always use the latest version of Windows. Tamper Protection blocks unauthorized changes to your security settings.

Reduce your attack surface
Use your firmware scanning tools
Don’t transfer files that contain system definitions

Eliminate unnecessary internet connections, restrict open ports, and use scanning tools to check your digital environment for potential weaknesses, so you can take action and mitigate risks.

Check your work environment for potential weaknesses so you can take action and mitigate risks.

Sending system definitions through insecure channels or for non-essential personnel can enable attacks to your digital landscape, corrupting your processes and making your environment vulnerable.

Further Information

If you have any questions about how to keep your organisation safe from cyber attacks, or would like more information about how to keep your organisation protected, then please contact the GCC Group Support Team on 0345 260 1151 or

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