How to Protect Your Company in Cyberspace
Most business owners are way too busy serving customers, tracking sales and following leads to concentrate much on the cybersecurity side of their business. Yes, your company’s overall health relies heavily on your sales funnel, but a major cyberattack could put a major kink in your marketing endeavors.
Think a moment about how a data breach, ransomware or malware would affect your bottom line. Your company’s data is a major part of its equity and when data is compromised, so is the health of your business.
As a business owner, do you know the status of your cybersecurity? Not sure of the answer to this question? You are taking a huge risk that just may cost you sensitive information, or worse, the data of your clients.
The news is full of stories of hacked institutions and corporations resulting in millions of pieces of information stolen by cybercriminals. The hard truth about the data loss due to a data breach – the victims never get that data back!
According to former FBI agent, Scott Augenbaum, cybersecurity costs will reach 1 trillion dollars in five years – and it still will not be nearly enough to stop the ever-evolving sophistication of online cybercriminals.
Navigating the digital world with due caution and preparedness is a necessity for businesses. The only way to avoid becoming a cybercrime victim is by taking pro-active, as well as, preventative measures.
5 Cybersecurity Threats Not to Ignore:
- No Business is too Small for a Cybercriminal to Attack – Many small business owners falsely assume that because they are a small fish in a big pond that their business serves little interest to cybercriminals. This is one of reason cybercrime is so prevalent. Small businesses, non-profit organizations and healthcare companies are common targets and easy pickings for cybercriminals because they let their guard down. Don’t be that victim!!
- Once Data is Stolen, There is No Getting it Back – The harsh reality of cybercrime is that it is like a tangible product such as a car or stereo. There is nothing to track and no insurance policy to cover your losses. Businesses absolutely have an obligation to protect the online accounts, data and personal information of their clients.
- Use Two Factor Authentications to Lessen the Risk – The method or technology of confirming a user by two different factors, such as a secure password and text message, voice or fingerprint verification protocol is very effective in protecting data from nefarious hackers or phishers. Did You Know? 85% of all data breaches could be prevented using two-factor authentication!
- Create Strong and Varied Passwords to Thwart Cybercriminals – All it takes is for a hacker to get one password for a spray attacker to get all your data. Having strong and separate passwords for critical accounts, such a emails, banking, cloud storage, client data storage, HR systems and payroll is paramount to preventing a cyber attack.
- Keep Safe and Secure on Social Media – Many of us use social media daily and it has even permeated into our digital marketing strategies. While this allows us to reach potential customers, it can be dangerous if privacy settings are not on our radar.
The digital world can be a scary, confusing place sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be. With the tips, checklists and password creation system in the cybersecurity eBook, you and your business can once again feel safe using the power of the Internet and digital technology.
The consequences of ignoring security protocols and standards can be severe, so make sure you make cybersecurity front and central for your business. Make sure employees and partners practice your predetermined security measures to mitigate the risk and above ALL ELSE, make sure your IT team schedules regular and automatic off-site backups should you experience an attack.
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Businesses can’t afford to approach their IT issues haphazardly. They could lose vital files and data. That is why Omnimaven offers full on/off site backups in order to secure your data. One can never predict when a cyber attack, virus, natural disaster, fire or water damage might affect your data. Rest assured your data will be secure on our remote servers.