Cyber security is one of the hottest topics in the news these days with data breaches and hacking occurring on a regular basis. From Target to Tumblr, it seems no company is immune to cyber security threats. Small to medium-sized businesses are at risk as well as they often fail to see how devastating a cyber attack could be to their livelihood.
The SMB Guide to Cyber Security was created to shed some light on the importance of cybersecurity for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Here you’ll find an overview of the document’s contents and highlights.
Cyber Security is a Growing Concern
Make no mistake about it; cybersecurity threats are bad news for businesses of all sizes. In fact, it’s often the SMBs that are hit the hardest. As the guide explains, nearly half of all small businesses have found themselves victimized by a cyber attack, and the number is only set to increase in the future.
The effects of such attacks are frightening, with 60% of SMBs going out of businesses within six months of a cyber attack. Yikes. So, how do you make sure you’re as prepared as possible for a potential cyber security threat? Let’s find out.
Education is the First Step
As you might have suspected, it all begins with education. After all, you can’t fight what you don’t know you’re up against. Keeping up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity threats like you’re doing now is a great place to begin.
Now that you understand how important cybersecurity is, it’s time to bring your employees onboard. This effort must be made as a team. It works best when the entire business feels like they’re working on a collaborative effort instead of just taking orders they don’t understand. In the end, your livelihood and that of your employees depend on the health (and security) of your business.
It’s Time to Break Those Bad Habits
Most of us don’t intend to put our personal and professional data at risk. It’s bad habits that make it happen. In the guide, you’ll find a step-by-step plan for breaking bad habits.
If you’re ready to get in and get started, there’s an especially pesky habit you can break. Get rid of those Post-It notes full of passwords! Maybe you don’t have a sticky note exactly, but chances are you or your employees have a copy of passwords stored somewhere that is easily accessible.
This bad habit puts your information in front of the eyes of everyone that passes by, and that’s definitely not what you want. Look for a safer, encrypted password manager and put a stop to sticky notes as soon as possible.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Malware and Ransomware
Cyber security threats go beyond data breaches. Malware, or malicious software, includes everything from viruses to spyware. This software is used to restrict access to computers, corrupt data and even steal sensitive information.
Malware typically worms its way into your system through email attachments, downloads, and advertisements. You may find your system running more slowly after the attack or random messages popping up on your screen.
Ransomware is a form of malware that restricts access to your system until money is paid. This type of malware is particularly tricky and often comes from phishing emails.
Bottom line: you can’t underestimate the damage malware and ransomware causes. To learn more to combat this cyber security threat and other like it, review the SMB Guide to Cyber Security.