As a business owner, you have hundreds of items to worry about on a daily basis. Because you likely wear so many different hats in your business, you may not be focusing enough on the true risks of a cyber attack. Experts estimate that roughly 50% of all businesses who suffer a significant data breach may have to close permanently. Is your business prepared to deal with this type of attack? If not, it’s critical that you reach out to a managed IT provider like Unified Network Group to provide you with a plan to prepare for the inevitable.
Below are just a few basic cyber security tips that you can put into practice in your business. Remember, this is not an exhaustive list and it’s always best to have a comprehensive data recovery plan in place to ensure your company is safe from a data breach or cyber attack of any kind.
So often the cause of a cyber attack is due to human error in the way of downloading an email attachment or providing sensitive information to scammers. Information security should be a core part of ongoing employee training as well as onboarding training. Stats show that 90% of data breaches are caused by phishing attempts, so investing in phishing simulation tools can be extremely effective at showing your employees what to look for in terms of suspicious emails.
It’s important to keep an updated log of every network device on your network as well as its age. Ensure that you’re updating these devices with the latest software updates and patches to protect your network.
You need to ensure you’re utilizing malware protection for all your endpoints and servers. Automated and scheduled malware scans should be run throughout your entire company. Today’s state of the art malware tools feature automation and machine learning that can help to locate and block malware attacks.
While removable drives may be convenient, they should be avoided as much as possible. All removable devices should be automatically scanned for malware and encrypted before any transfer of data occurs.
We hope these basic cyber security tips will get you and your team thinking about how you’re handling data security within your organization. If these tips have you scratching your head, feel free to reach out to our team today to learn about our free cyber security assessment. We’ll be happy to meet with you to go over your options and come up with a plan to better secure your business, your data and your team. Call us today at 864-278-0202.