The Ukraine conflict has increased the risk of cyber‐attacks on New Zealand businesses. It is
important that as a business you have considered the risks and planned accordingly.
Key things to consider
Back‐up your data regularly
- Identify what needs to be backed‐up (emails, invoices, customer information etc.).
- Make back‐ups part of your daily business but it shouldn’t be permanently connected to a computer.
- Consider backing up to a Cloud based system
Protection from Malware (viruses that can infect your computer)
- Install (and turn on) antivirus software.
- Educate staff on not downloading unofficial apps.
- Firewall / Endpoint security provides an additional buffer against attacks.
- Ensure all devices have password protection which is updated regularly.
- Use 2‐factor authentication on important devices.
- Avoid using predictable passwords.
- Consider using ‘password managers’ which create and store complex passwords.
Keeping smartphones and tablets safe
- Turn on password protection
- Make sure lost or stolen devices can be tracked, locked or wiped.
- Keep your device and apps up to date.
- Don’t connect to unknown wi‐fi hot spots.
Avoid phishing attacks through email
- Limit staff access where possible, i.e. don’t be logged in with administrator privileges when browsing the web.
- Scan for malware and change passwords if you suspect an attack.
- Educate staff to check for obvious signs of phishing, like poor spelling and grammar, legitimate email addresses.