A 2016 Internet Security Report showed that 43 percent of cyber attacks targeted small businesses. This rate has more than doubled in the past 5 years. It is not a matter of if your business will be targeted but when. You have a duty to your business and your clients to understand the threats and find ways to reduce and manage risk.
1) “We really didn’t understand the risks.” Attacks come in many forms, such as viruses, malware, cyber extortion and data theft.
2) “We all use the same password.” Your business is only as secure as your weakest password.
3) “We didn’t know how to set up security tools and utilities.” Protect your network with a firewall.
4) “We didn’t install the security update.” You should complete software updates in a timely manner.
5) “We didn’t protect our smartphones.” It is important to treat security on your smartphone as you would on a desktop at work.
6) “Our data wasn’t backed up.” Having an offsite backup service will help shorten recovery time from a cyber-attack.
7) We didn’t have a cyber security policy.” A cyber security plan should set clear and concise ground rules for your employees and managers.
8) “Our employees don’t know about our cyber security policy.” Once you have a plan in place you must pass that knowledge on to your employees.
9) “We didn’t know cyber security insurance was available.” Not everyone needs cyber security insurance but it may be worth investigating depending on your business.