Staying ahead of cyber criminals through sound cybersecurity measures is imperative for today’s small business owners. If you’re operating without proper safeguards on your technology systems, you may as well just leave your company’s door wide open and yell, “Come and get it!” You would never leave your physical assets so vulnerable to attack, nor should you do so with your digital assets.
Your applications and digitized files contain vast amounts of sensitive information and must be protected from the wrong people gaining access. Cyber attacks are usually motivated by financial gain, but so much more is at stake. Data loss, work disruption, compromised private information, compliance issues and your reputation are all on the line. Furthermore, cyber criminals love targeting small businesses. Experience has shown them to expect small businesses to lack the time, money and resources when it comes to cybersecurity. In fact, 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses, and only 14% are prepared to defend themselves.
Be unexpected. Be part of the 14%.
Fortunately, there are many simple and effective tactics that you and your employees can utilize, from actions you can take on your own, to measures that can be applied by professionals. Here’s a few to consider:
- Keep software up-to-date, as updates often include security upgrades
- Use two or multi-factor authentication whenever you and your employees access applications
- Avoid public Wi-Fi, and consider a portable 4G hotspot
- Invest in a risk assessment to evaluate and analyze your company’s vulnerabilities in order to put in the best preventative measures
- Employ detection and retaliation through active threat response
To learn more ways to protect your small business, download our Fifteen-Point Cybersecurity Checklist for Texas Small Businesses. Implementing even the most basic measures can be the difference between saving and losing the business you’ve worked so hard to build.