Don’t think you’re in danger because you’re “small” and not a big target like a J.P. Morgan or Home Depot? Think again. 82,000 NEW malware threats are being released every single day and HALF of the cyber-attacks occurring are aimed at small businesses; you just don’t hear about it because it’s kept quiet for fear of attracting bad PR, lawsuits, data-breach fines and out of sheer embarrassment.
In fact, the National Cyber Security Alliance reports that one in five small businesses have been victims of cybercrime in the last year – and that number is growing rapidly as more businesses utilize cloud computing and mobile devices, and store more information online. Quite simply, most small businesses are low-hanging fruit to hackers due to their lack of adequate security systems – which is what prompted this urgent post to all of you.
There are a few simple things you need to be doing on a consistent basis to avoid being the next statistic. They are:
- Use a strong password. I know, simple, right? But so many people are still using easy-to-guess passwords like “password” or other words or phrases. Guess what: hackers have sophisticated software programs that can try to log in to your PC, account, web site, etc., at the rate of 8 million login attempts per SECOND. If your password is easy, they’re in. Your password should contain at least 8 characters, uppercase and lowercase letters, a number and a symbol (! or #, for example).
- Install a “unified threat management” (UTM) system. Firewalls and antivirus aren’t enough to stop the sophisticated tools hackers now have. A UTM allows an IT administrator to monitor and manage a wide variety of security-related applications and devices to make sure you’re protected on all fronts.
- Educate your employees! Employees clicking on phishing e-mails or downloading virus-laden files is still the #1 way hackers gain access to and control of business networks. Therefore, you need to outline an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that details what employees can and cannot do with company-owned devices, files, software, etc. Plus, you need to make them aware of how to spot a phishing e-mail or attack so they can avoid it altogether.
We can help you implement these changes to better protect your business. Contact us at 914-934-9775 and ask our representative about improving your cyber security to implement the latest and strongest security features available.