Cybercriminals are ramping up their efforts to target small businesses digitally. In fact, 43% of cyber-attacks are purposefully aimed at small businesses. Even more disturbing data reveals that 60% of small businesses close within the first six months due to a cyber-attack. These cyber attacks can virtually strip a small business of its resources, data, and/or reputation. Small businesses need to prepare for the digital storm ahead by ramping up their cyber security efforts. Below are some helpful tips to boost your cyber security plan and potentially ward off cyber-attacks.
- Educate your employees - Your employees will be using your network and will be exposed to potentially valuable data for a cyber criminal. If your employees are properly trained on how to navigate the company’s system and know what to do and what not to do with company data, the likelihood of a successful cyber-attack significantly decreases.
- Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) - A VPN encrypts your data and online information which makes it much more difficult for a cyber criminal to gain access to it. Using a VPN allows its user to access the web without fear of being traced or hacked. A small business should certainly consider acquiring a VPN as it is very helpful in completely preventing cyber attacks.
- Restrict & monitor hardware & software usage - This is related to tip number one. A data breach is often traced back to an internal source, an employee. Employees must be watched carefully. Employees may download dangerous files unknowingly which can help a cyber criminal to gain access to your company’s information. The best way to combat this is limit or restrict what employees can download or how much alteration power they have within the company system. This can also be a hindrance on productivity as employees will constantly be asking for permission to proceed on a given task. A combination of limiting their access and proper training is the best solution in this case to prevent cyber-attacks but also maintain good productivity levels.
- Back up your data - Get into the habit of always backing up your data. There are many data backup programs and platforms that make it easy and simple to back up and protect your data. If a cyber attack does occur and information is lost, it is essential that your data is backed up in some form or another so that your business can continue to operate as if nothing happened.
- Acquire antivirus and anti-malware software - The first line of defense. Antivirus and anti-malware software should be installed on all company devices. Cyber criminals are becoming more and more versatile with what they can hack into and more tricky in regards to how they gain access. It is highly recommended that your company acquire these two pieces of software as they can be an extremely helpful asset to your business and it’s private data, resources and intellectual property.
At Christo IT, we are dedicated to helping all of our clients and their small businesses become fully protected from cyber-attacks. We understand how much work and effort goes into starting and maintaining a small business. That is why we want to help your business continue to thrive and grow all while under the protection of Christo IT. Give us a call at 215-256-7901 or contact us here. We look forward to hearing from you!