Essential Cybersecurity Tips for Your Businesses

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Cybersecurity is no joke. Whether you’re using websites, accessing online accounts, or conducting any type of transactions online, you are at risk for a cyberattack.

Although most of the cyberattacks the public hears about are against high-profile companies, banks, and government websites, businesses large and small face cyberattacks all the time, meaning your business is a prime target for cybercriminals, competitors, or disgruntled parties. Yet, due to limited knowledge and availability of information, some businesses have little security around their websites, accounts, and computer networks — making cyberattacks an even greater risk.

Ransomware is one of the most powerful forms of malware. It takes control of your files and data using military grade encryption until you pay a ransom fee to the hacker - essentially “your data has been seized.” In some cases, even if you pay the ransom, you still will not get it back.

Here are just a few concerning facts about malware attacks:

  • In 2015 alone, more than 169 million personal records were exposed, stemming from 781 publicized breaches across the financial, business, education, government, and healthcare sectors. The number for 2017 will be much higher given the recent Equifax breach, which has affected an estimated 143 million Americans.
  • The average global cost per each lost or stolen record containing confidential and sensitive data was $154.
  • From 2014 to 2015, there were 38 percent more security incidents detected, and that growth has only continued.

To help you protect your business from cyberattacks, here are 3 essential security tips:

  1. Stay informed – it’s no joke
    For many business owners, cybersecurity is not top of mind, mainly because nothing significant has happened to their business. They may not necessarily be aware of how serious the risk of a cyberattack is, and by the time they realize it, it’s too late. Make sure you stay informed of potential threats and take a proactive approach to your business’ cybersecurity.
  2. Understand the effects to your business
    Security issues can be very costly to a business. They often result in downtime, and repairing the damage done and getting back up and running can be very costly. They also put your reputation and the relationships that you’ve worked so hard to build at serious risk. Ultimately, security issues can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of your business.
  3. Don’t ignore the warning signs!
    Have you had problems with viruses in the past? If not, you may not be sure what to look for – make sure you know the warning signs and how to identify a potential cyberattack.

Whether or not your company has been attacked by a virus before, you need to take proactive steps now to ensure your network is secure for the sake of your business, your employees, and your clients.

Many business owners think their business is protected because they purchased and installed security software and systems, but there is much more to cybersecurity than that. What businesses really need is a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that will help them defend themselves against malicious security threats.

Do you have questions on how to establish and maintain a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy for your business? We’re here to help. Sign up for a free IT consultation, and you’ll meet with one of our IT experts who will assess your IT environment and security, identify red flags, and advise you on best practices. To sign up, give us a call at 617-375-9100.

 

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