5 Simple Solutions to an Evolving Cyber Security Threat
Cyber security is no simple issue. No less than 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses, due at least in part to the fact that only 14% of small business owners consider their cyber security abilities as highly effective. The number of weekly attacks is growing every year.
Fortunately, while the problem is not simple, some solutions can be. With a few steps, you can increase the protection of your data and ensure that you can stay in business safely for the foreseeable future. Here are 5 simple strategies your small business can implement to keep its data secure.
1) Keep Your Software and Firewall Updated
Without a doubt, the easiest way for potential hackers to enter your system is through outdated software. Vendors of firewalls, databases, and other software typically release updates specifically designed to prevent breaches and patch holes on a regular basis. It’s your job as a business owner to take advantage of these updates.
Put simply, a firewall or anti-virus software will not succeed if it was installed two years ago, and doesn’t account for malware that was designed within the past few months. Regular updates tend to be simple, but have a potentially significant effect on keeping your data safe.
2) Use Secure Communications
As Small Business Trends point out, it’s surprising how many small businesses use unsecured channels like email and direct mail to communicate about secure data. In reality, you probably just don’t know that far safer and more reliable communication methods can significantly improve your cyber security efforts.
Fax, for example, is actually more secure than either of the above. Meanwhile, encryption tools like PGP can help to ensure the safety of your email communication.
3) Protect Against Internal Threats
Did you know that threats from internal sources actually comprise the majority of cyber attacks? It’s true: more than 30% of all attacks are carried out by malicious insiders (such as disgruntled employees), while another 23.5% result from so-called inadvertent actors.
To prevent each scenario from happening, make sure your to implement levels of security privileges. Put simply, no employee should have access to data that isn’t relevant to their position. Comprehensive training and education for anyone with access to secure data is another important step.
4) Build Your Contingency Plan
Despite the above, your business is never entirely safe from cyber attacks. That’s why any small business, in addition to taking proactive cyber security measures, should also have a contingency plan that kicks in when the (almost) inevitable breach occurs.
First, start with a point person within your company who oversees your cyber security efforts. Then, build a reliable data backup plan in case attackers hold your secure data hostage. Store your data in multiple locations to ensure that there can be no single point of failure.
No less than 60% of small companies go out of business within 6 months of a cyber attack. Only a combination of preventative measures and a reliable contingency plan can ensure that a data breach, while devastating, won’t be life-threatening for your business.
5) Work With a Reliable Partner
All of the above tips are relatively straightforward, but can be daunting for SMB owners to implement. What do you do if you recognize the potential threat of cyber attacks, but don’t know where to start?
Ideally, you find a partner who can help you get on the way. At Onsite Techs, we focus specifically on helping small business clients improve their IT practices, including cyber security. From implementing more secure software to building a contingency plan, we want to be your partner in ensuring reliable cyber security. To learn more about our services, and get started in protecting your business, contact us.