4 Steps to Better Cyber Attack Protection

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 20% of small businesses fall victim to cyber attack each year. Of those, 60% never fully recover, going out of business within a half year of the attack, according to www.pcworld.com. In essence, small businesses have a 20% percent chance of being attacked and going out of business within the year. Cyber hacking has evolved into an almost automated process, so those who think they are too small to be attacked could find themselves on the short end of an intrusion, one that could cost them thousands of dollars. A recent Internet Security Threat Report found that companies with fewer than 250 employees made up 31% of small businesses attacked in 2012, up from 18% in 2011. But how can small businesses defend against such intrusions?

Protect All Devices

Encrypt data and use secure passwords regardless of device. This includes all phones, laptops, desktops, and tablets that interact with your business network in any way. Make sure all devices have some sort of third-party anti-malware app or software, such as those from Trend Micro, McAfee, or Symantec. Also, make sure employees use this software once it has been installed.

Use Business Grade Malware Protection

Use business grade software to protect devices, as well as making sure that devices receive regular updates. This is important since 90% of attacks exploit outdated software on computers.

Teach Employees Good Digital Hygiene

The proper training of employees in the intricacies of protecting a network is another important consideration when securing a company’s devices. This includes not using the same password on multiple accounts, not linking emails, and teaching employees to spot phishing attempts when receiving emails.

Have a Security Audit Performed and Follow Through

Get regular security audits and follow through on any recommendations. Failure to do so can jeopardize your company’s cybersecurity.

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