It's not uncommon to hear about large cyber attacks on high-profile companies like Target or Sears. For many organizations, hearing about these attacks has raised awareness about the potential threat of a cyber attack.
- Less than 50% of small businesses have cybersecurity measures in place
- Of the 50% of businesses with cybersecurity measures, a majority of the protections are rudimentary at best
- Only 25% of small business owners have had an outside source test their computer systems to ensure they're hacker-proof
- 40% of small businesses do not have their data backed up in more than one location
Small Doesn't Equal Safe
The Effect of a Cyber Attack on Your Bottomline
10 Steps You Can Take Today to Prevent Cyber Attacks
- Train employees in basic cybersecurity principles.
- Install and regularly update antivirus and antispyware software on every computer used at your business.
- Use a firewall for your internet connection.
- Download and install software updates for your operating systems as soon as they become available.
- Make backup copies of important business data and information.
- Control physical access to your computers and network components.
- Secure your Wi-Fi networks. If your workplace has a Wi-Fi network, make sure it is secure and hidden.
- Require individual user accounts for each employee.
- Limit employee access to data and information and limit authority to install software.
- Regularly change your passwords, and make it mandatory for all employees to change their password every three months.
- Any size business can be affected by a cyber attack
- Most small business owners do not have the appropriate procedures and precautions in place to protect their business from cyber threats
- A cybersecurity attack can have a detrimental financial impact on your business
- There are small steps you can take today to reduce your risk of falling victim to a costly cyber attack
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