Cybersecurity is quickly becoming one of the hottest industries in the world. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting your company and your assets from risks that exist when interacting with the internet.
According to a recent report, 62% of businesses have experienced or been through a cyber attack. As hackers continue to find new and innovative ways to exploit weaknesses in the systems of businesses everywhere, it becomes necessary to hire a cybersecurity consultant or professional to ensure you are protecting your assets. With a cybersecurity partner, you’ll be able to sleep in peace at night knowing that your business’ data and your customers’ information is safe and sound.
Both employees and customers are interacting with your business each and every day. When done electronically, this often includes the exchange of sensitive information that, when in the wrong hands, can do serious harm to the lives of your customers and the health of your business. The first step to securing the assets and information of any business is to ensure that their employees have a good grasp on proper measures. We’ll make sure that your employees know how to safely handle your most important assets.
What you may not know is that for each second that your business is connected to the internet, it is at risk for being attacked by cybercriminals. This leaves you open to all sorts of liability, damage, and frustration. Whether you are a small business or large business, this risk will always exist. Though small businesses often carry less valuable data, they are often easier to exploit. We help to level the playing field with innovative solutions to help prevent the possible theft of your information.
Types of Attacks
To be prepared for attacks against your business, you need to be aware of the type of attacks. Here are some of the most common ways that cybercriminals can try to take advantage of your business.
Phishing is a very common method that is designed to attempt to get the user to willingly give up important information such as username and password. This is done by sending an email that appears to be from a credible source, only to ask the user to enter their login information. Should your employee or customer fall for this tactic, their data and the data of your business can be stolen easily.
Baiting is another method that is commonly used. This method is similar to phishing, but offers the promise of a reward. Often times, this comes in the form of a media download that the user is looking for. This tactic involves the exchange of value for user data and is almost always not an authentic offer.
Quid Pro Quo
Similar to baiting, this tactic offers a service instead of a media download in exchange for user data. Many times, scammers or hackers will claim to be IT experts or other professionals to entice you to give them identifying data. They claim this data will help them get to know you or help you with your problem.
In this method, the hacker or scammer poses as a person that you would otherwise trust. Often times, this means that they will impersonate someone high up at your company and attempt to get you to turn over your personal or security information. Your employees should be trained to know that your staff leaders won’t ever request this type of information.
While many of us know of tailgating as the fun activity to do before the big game, this tactic is anything but. In tailgating, hackers use social engineering to gain access to important areas of your business. This might mean that they walk in after an employee who kindly holds the door so they don’t need a key card.
Stopping Cyber Risk: Must-Have Solutions
To provide our clients and partners with comprehensive protection from all of these threats, we offer a robust layered solution of technology to eliminate threats before they get close to your data.
We will install proprietary antivirus software throughout your business to ensure no viruses take advantage of your data. Our software will detect, find, and destroy these threats as they come and ensure that your data is unaffected. Our antivirus solution is one of the most robust and effective in the industry.
A good firewall will stop a majority of the potential threats before they ever arrive to your network. We will install and manage a strong firewall to ensure you don’t have to deal with the vast majority of threats that are sent in the direction of your business.
Many hackers and scammers try to exploit businesses and individuals through flaws and loopholes in popular software. We help to identify these potential areas of weakness and ensure that no hacker is able to access your company information through one of these methods.
One of the simplest things that can be done to help protect your business from those that would exploit it is to effectively manage your passwords. We can help your business and employees achieve exactly that with comprehensive password management training.
These measures protect against a wide array of cyber-attacks. However, because threats like ransomware are always evolving, security solutions are just one part of an effective defense strategy. You also need solutions in place that enable you to return to operations quickly if you do suffer a cyber-attack. Data protection technologies are an essential second layer of defense against cyber-crime. Putting another layer of data backup in your business will offer security from cyber-attacks.
Just like we mentioned before, the small to medium-sized businesses are the targets for cyber attacks due to their unpreparedness and not having the resourceful tools to counter them. To make sure you have everything you need, and you are well prepared for such attacks, here is a list of some recommendations:
- Train your employees on how to safely and securely use email and connect to the web, most importantly, train them how to interact with vendors and how to avoid giving out sensitive information.
- Protect your network and devices. Implement a password policy that requires strong passwords that expire every 90 days. This will help with keeping things on a different page and harder to hack into.
- Keep software up to date. Make sure the software is legit.
- Create straightforward cybersecurity policies for all your employees to understand what type of system you are running and how they can interact on the social media and bring their own device policy.
- Back up your data daily by establishing a backup routine for data and systems.