3 Ways to Prevent Cyber-attacks
One of the greatest threats to businesses in the US is cyber-attacks. Consider these statistics from techjury.com:
1. Companies faced an average of 22 security breaches in 2020.
2. 43% of all cyber-attacks are aimed at small businesses.
3. A business falls victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds
4. It takes half a year to detect a data breach.
Since many small businesses do not recover from a cyber-attack, and since recoveries can be quite expensive, it pays to take steps to prevent them in the first place. So, what can you do to help ensure that you are not the next victim? Here are three simple solutions you can implement immediately to protect your business from cyber-attacks:
First, make sure that you use strong passwords with 2 factor authentication. Strong passwords include upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols, in a random order, and with at least 16 characters. Also, every account should have its own password. And be sure that you don’t write down the password and leave it somewhere unprotected! We recommend using a good password manager like Lastpass since memorizing dozens of senseless passwords is nearly impossible.
Second, implement network security. Be sure your network is properly secured with a firewall, and all your devices and software programs are up to date and have anti-malware installed and active. Be wary of camera systems which are often the first point of entry for a cyber-attack! You will also want to make sure that your emails and drives are encrypted and that your wireless guest network is securely separated from your main wireless network.
Third, be wary of social engineering attacks! Nearly half of breaches occur because someone gave access to an intruder thinking they were to be trusted! Hackers love convincing you to grant them access to the premise or your systems by various means including calling businesses and pretending to be tech support, leaving USB drives on the parking lot which contain malicious programs that auto install when an employee uses it, or sending emails which look official and have attached documents that attack your computer when opened.
It is worth bringing in a qualified IT security specialist to help you implement these measures and train your staff on best practices. You will want to find a company with certified and experienced cyber-security specialists. TimothyTek is just such a company and offers free consultations.