Block Cyber Attacks on Your Business

Don't fall prey to an attack.

Apr 17, 2018


Cyber security remains to be the hottest topic in today’s news in America, and across the globe.  You can tune into any network to learn how the United States Government has fallen prey to cyber attacks. There is an increasing number of internet scammers and hackers for which no one is exempt. Every person and business is vulnerable to attack. With this in mind, is your company diligent in efforts to thwart any such threats? Have you taken appropriate preventative steps?

Ideally, you’ve hired a cyber security manager, a person who is up-to-date on business security measures, but many small business budgets don’t allow for this expense. Regardless, with or without a cyber security manager, these pertinent steps will help to ensure the safety of your information.

Data

The most critical step is to have regularly scheduled backups for your data. This can protect your entire business, including confidential client information, financial information, and all of your network data.

Set up a daily, monthly, and annual schedule to back up your data on an encrypted network, or external hard drive. The size and type of backup will depend on the amount of data you have.

Never leave an external backup drive connected to a computer. It should be kept in a safe, or securely off-premise.

Some businesses create a separate network for client payment terminals to decrease the probability of theft.

Computers

Ensuring that each computer in your office is equipped with anti-virus, anti-malware, and anti-spyware isn’t enough. To decrease opportunities for a well-seasoned hacker to circumvent these deterrents, follow through with upgrades. Too often, systems upgrades are ignored for any possible downtime it may cause. However, if you lose your entire business as a result of not taking the time to upgrade, it will cause more problems than you are willing to face. For a list of top security software, click here.

Build a Wall – A Firewall

Firewalls will act as your first line of defense against attacks and will protect your business against cyber criminals. But today’s firewalls must do more than secure your network – they must also ensure that you have uninterrupted network availability and can access cloud-hosted applications without creating a security hazard. Review them on a consistent (every six months) basis. Learn to leverage next-generation firewalls to mitigate advanced cyber-threats.

Employees

Your staff can unknowingly contaminate your network by uploading information or music from their personal devices. A virus could be hidden from sight but may have the capability to take out an entire network.

According to Forbes, the best thing a business can do is train its employees regularly on how to encrypt data, how to generate secure passwords, how to properly file and store data and how to avoid malware. Educating your staff is key to preventing a potential disaster. Your network administrator can also place restrictions on staff computers to limit their ability to access dangerous online sites.

Passwords

Change passwords every 90 days. A cyber thief may think that he’s close to hacking your network, but frequent password changes will send him running in circles until he moves on to another victim.

Keeping your business data and client information safe should be your priority. It would be a good idea to have your IT department, or designated employee put together a specific security plan. If you do not have the personnel, have a consultation with an outside securities expert. If you want to stay in business, take the necessary steps to protect your assets.

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