No matter the size of your business, you need to be aware of the risks to your company from online threats. The need to protect yourself online may feel that it’s more the responsibility of big companies, but with up to a third of SMEs being affected by malicious attacks, it’s imperative that you take measures to protect yourself and those that use your services. From customers to suppliers, failing to take adequate security measures can not only lead to a loss of money but can also lead to a damaged reputation, which is invariably harder to come back from. No matter what size your business may be, there are some easy and effective ways to protect yourself online from the cybercriminals.
Keep your passwords safe
It’s a fact that the majority of data breaches are caused by weak passwords. Although this is an area that can be easily addressed via training sessions, there are alternative options when it comes to password hygiene. Teaching your staff not to use ‘password’ as their password may seem redundant and obvious, but the fact is that the top five worst passwords of 2017 were all basic. You can protect yourself further than mere training by making use of Password Management Systems, and there is a range of options to consider.
Move to the cloud
Making the most of the available cloud resources can benefit your business in a number of ways, but the most important one to take into account is the security improvements. If you’re managing your own data storage and servers, then you may find that you are leaving yourself open to cyber attacks. As well as expert management from professionals, there are also varying levels of protection depending on your needs, with everything from public cloud hosting to bespoke private cloud hosting that works to complement your data needs. No matter how large or small your business may be, there’s no disputing that more and more companies are transferring to the cloud and this migration needs to be monitored.
Have a plan
Even if you protect yourself in every way that you can, you still have to make an action plan of what to do in the case of an attack. Failing to react quickly and proactively can increase the damage caused. Your action plan needs to take into account the variety of potential threats from stolen or lost devices to virus attacks, as well as effective ways to communicate with employees and customers in a worst-case scenario. Once your action plan is in place, it will need updates as technology continues to evolve, but by keeping on top of your response strategy, you increase the chances of recovering quickly from any cyber attacks.
It is now more important than ever that any business that has an online presence is continuously aware of the potentials of breaches in their security. The only way to ensure that you are protecting your business and those that use it is to learn about your legal requirements and to make use of the plethora of tools available to you.