Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Attacks

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Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Attacks

While the rise of the Internet has made doing business much easier and more convenient, and has made it possible to extend even a small company’s horizons, it has also given rise to a new kind of threat – the cyber-criminal. It is therefore important that you take adequate measures in ensuring that your network is safe and protected from hackers.

Cyber-criminals see small businesses as easy targets because these businesses frequently:

  1. lack adequate cyber-security plans
  2. lack the resources to remain up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity threats and corresponding security techniques, and/or
  3. underestimate their value as a target.

In fact, many attacks are fully automated, enabling their programmers to penetrate the defenses of a small company faster than those of a larger business, allowing more small companies to be targeted within a short period of time and therefore compensate for their potentially smaller individual yields.

How to Protect Yourself

  1. Have a plan, stick to it, and keep it updated.
    • Instigate an effective and secure password policy.
    • Set up and install strong security software across your entire IT platform, not just the individual workstations or computers, and keep it constantly updated to guard against the ever-evolving threat landscape.
  2. Install a strong firewall.
    • Firewalls control the incoming and outgoing data from your network, preventing unauthorized access. Firewalls exist in two forms: software and hardware.
    • Some operating systems may have built-in firewall, but creating an additional layer of protection can fill in any potential security gaps left by a one-size-fits-all approach.
  3. Control user access.
    • Create a system of user permissions within the IT infrastructure that prevents users from installing unauthorized software or attaching unauthorized devices to the network.
  4. Protect your wireless network.
    • Even if the intended use of your WiFi network is merely for customer convenience, it can nonetheless offer a tempting portal for cyber-criminals to access your network and the central IT infrastructure.
    • Password protection, firewalls, and separation of the WiFi network from the rest of the IT infrastructure are just a few security tools that can neutralize a potential threat.

If all these measures sound overwhelming, there’s no need to worry. The professional team of experts at a leading Managed Services Provider can not only design a cyber-security system that is customized to your unique business needs, but they can also ensure that your new security system remains robust and up-to-date, letting you concentrate on your core business.

 

By |2018-07-17T21:32:57+00:00April 27th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Attacks

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Ashley Brown joined Preemo in 2011 as Marketing Coordinator. She's an expert in marketing for IT Companies and Managed IT Support. In her free time, she enjoys running, and hanging out with her dog in Brickell.