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Four Easy Ways to Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Security Attacks

Technology has changed the small business industry. Fifty years ago, you could not video chat with customers across the world on a conference call, exchange confidential documents with the click of a button, or advertise to millions of users on social media websites. Technology has facilitated business communication, production, and operations. There are algorithms to test quality assurance, indicate views, and produce sales reports. VOIP phone systems make it easy for customers to communicate with employees and employees to communicate with one another. The internet combined with advanced technology has made it possible for small businesses to flourish. However, the positives always include negatives. For example, a ransomware attack could easily seize your company, employee, and customers’ private data. Here are four tips to increase your business’s cybersecurity. 

 

1. Know the Common Cyber Threats

When you know the common problems that many companies face, you can address them by taking precautionary measures. Four common threats include: 

  • Malware: Also known as malicious software, malware is a universal term for any software that is designed to harm your network, hardware, servers, computers, or clients. Viruses and ransomware are types of malware. 
  • Viruses: Viruses are designed to give cyber attackers access to your devices. Viruses spread between physical hardware. For example, a flash drive with a virus inserted into a computer will infect the computer. If the computer is connected to another computer, a virus will continue to spread. 
  • Ransomware: Ransomware is a type of malicious software or malware that is designed to infect your hardware or network until a ransom is paid. This is also known as a ransomware attack
  • Phishing scams: Phishing is a type of malware that often uses emails or websites to infect your hardware. It will collect sensitive or private information. Often, an email will appear as it came from a legitimate source such as another employee or business. Once a user opens the email and clicks a link, the malware infects the system.

2. Train Employees on Cyber Security

You can train employees on how to spot a phishing scam, ask questions if something does not feel or look right, and use good browsing practices. Employees should create strong passwords with upper-case letters, numbers, and special characters. Passwords should never be names, streets, or easily guessed personal information.

3. Install Cyber Security Measures

You will want to limit physical access to computers and hardware to only authorized personnel. For example, customers should not have access to computers. Management may have more authorized access than other employees to switchboards and routers. You can also limit internet access on computers so employees can only access certain websites, company email, or other reasonable applications. To mitigate cybersecurity risks and keep your access management routine efficient and secure, it’s in your organization’s best interest to conduct periodic user access reviews. A user access review is a periodic inventory of access rights to certain networks and systems and the users who have access permissions into those networks and systems.

Antivirus software and antispyware is also an affordable method to protect your business’ computers and software. It will notify you, as well as block viruses and other malware. Antivirus software and antispyware should be regularly updated.

4. Secure Payment Processing Systems

If your business accepts credit cards, debit cards, or other forms of electronic payments, you must ensure the processing systems are secure. You will need to utilize anti-fraud services as well as any additional security measures required by the processor and your bank. A cyber attack on your payment processing system will lead to devastating effects.

Bonus : Consult Cybersecurity Professionals

Although it may appear to be an expensive investment, hiring experts will certainly keep your company safe. These experts have extensive knowledge and use a variety of methods to examine your system and identify vulnerabilities. Some of the methods they use are red team assessment, internal and external pen testing, application pen testing, mobile app assessment, etc.

ABHIYAN
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Abhiyan Chhetri is a cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Abhiyan is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.