Every business needs to access risk and determine what makes smart budgeting sense while still protecting its physical and digital properties. With cybercriminals getting more sophisticated and insurance companies, such as Zurich American Insurance Company, refusing to foot the cost of mitigating a ransomware attack by declaring the attack as ‘an act of war’, what is a small business owner to do?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
In other words, putting in place certain protocols and ‘best practices’ may help your business steer clear of a horrendous cyberattack, thus avoiding having to shell out millions in bitcoins to an unscrupulous hacker halfway across the globe.
Most businesses cannot survive the loss of financial data, personal data or software programs. Over ninety percent of businesses that lose their data-center for 10+ days file for BANKRUPTCY within one year.
With that in mind, those of us at Omnimaven wish you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous new year. We’d like to help you keep your business safe by sharing the below tips.
Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Your Business Going Into 2019:
1) Protect Against Spyware and Viruses: Keep up-to-date with most effective antivirus and antispyware software.
2) Automatic ‘Off-Site’ Backups and Restore Capabilities: Have a regular automatic backup of ALL critical data consistently with capabilities of instant restore.
3) Secure Networks: Make sure your internet connections are secure by using a firewall and encryption. Make sure your Wi-Fi network is secure and hidden via a ‘Service Set Identifier (SSID) and password protect access to router.
4) Monitor Systems: Best line of defense is to quickly identify any security issues as early as possible. This can only happen if your system is monitored to detect security breaches quickly in order shut down the compromised device(s) and mitigate further infiltration.
5) Employee Training: Educate employees about cyber threats and hold them accountable.
Two-thirds of data breaches occur through human error such as weak passwords, leaving laptop or using unprotected wifi in a public area. One way to mitigate the danger of lax employees accidentally causing a data breach is to ensure that all employees are trained in data security.
6) Payment Security: Use best practices when handling credit cards and banking processes by using the most trusted and validated tools, as well as, anti-fraud procedures.
7) Limited Access: Establish data protocols that grant access levels to sensitive data, computers, devices and other network components that is appropriate according to an employee’s duties and responsibilities.
8) Password Security: Require strong passwords that are regularly changed, multifactor authentication and automatic lockout should a device be lost or stolen.
9) Question the Messenger: Your employees may receive an email from what appears to be a co-worker or even superior. This email may have some odd request like requesting an invoice or to send the company’s credit card information to pay a vendor. Teach employees to be aware and alert with ALL emails.
10) Question Authority: Cybercriminals may attempt to target you by posing as an authoritative figure in the digital world, such as your bank or Google, requesting you to update password due to an alleged compromise. Don’t click that reset link! Go to your regular login link to verify its authenticity.
Don’t let 2019 be the year you let a cybercriminal into your digital properties to wreak havoc and destruction. Compromised data and security could be the end of your business. Be diligent, alert and proactive to keep your business safe and running throughout the new year!
Establish the suggested safety protocols within the office and consult with an IT security company to help you avoid costly restore efforts. Comprehensive Data Security Strategies and Data Backup Protocols is a proactive way to avoid disastrous effects on your productivity and compromise of personal data.
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