Concerned about hackers, cyber-thieves and data security? You should be.
Simple steps can help to minimize your risk
A scary world
You’ve probably seen the headlines. Sony, Lockheed Martin, PBS, Citibank, US Government agencies and other notable organizations have been hacked. The unfortunate reality is that cyber-crime is now being coordinated by rogue governments, organized crime and sophisticated hacker organizations. This is in addition to the throngs of individuals in the U.S. and abroad determined to write malware to create havoc or to steal personal or financial data that can be sold.
Everyone is susceptible.
Security experts predict that roughly 40% of small to medium businesses that manage their own network and use the internet for more than email will have their network accessed by a hacker, and more that 50% won’t even know they were attacked (source: Gartner Group).
There is some good news for small businesses
Large organizations are being targeted because of the vast amount of valuable data that could be acquired. This is why smaller businesses are not as juicy of a target and by taking some simple steps, you can minimize your risk. Think of home security. If a burglar is prowling your street and sees that you have a deadbolt on each door, hears a large dog barking inside and sees a security monitoring sticker in the window, they’re probably going to go next door looking for an easier score.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize your risk:
- Ensure that you are using a business class firewall (not one designed for home use)
- Make sure your wireless network is using data encryption and not available for all to see (and access)
- Run commercial grade anti-virus on all PC’s, laptops, and servers and be sure that the definitions are being updated continuously
- Update all critical security updates as soon as they are released
- Take steps to secure your smart phones and other mobile devices
- Restrict user access to sensitive information appropriately
- Implement a strong password policy
- Don’t maintain user accounts for anyone who is no longer with the company
While there are no guarantees, taking these steps will make your business more secure. For more information on any of these steps or to discuss your particular situation, Contact Us for a complimentary, no-obligation review.