If hackers find a vulnerable point of entry into your business, you could quickly find yourself wondering what happened to all of your files, passwords, finances, and more. Studies have found that the average cyber attack costs between $120,000 to $1.24 million for small businesses and almost $4 million for larger businesses. Unfortunately, smaller businesses are more greatly impacted due to a greater percentage of revenue loss. It is absolutely vital that you take the proper steps to protect your small business from all types of hackers.
Keep Software Up to Date
9 out of 10 viruses that infect computer systems are delivered via email attachments. Don’t click on suspicious email links, especially from unknown senders, and invest in an antivirus software capable of scanning file downloads and emails. Update this security program regularly or set them each to install updates automatically.
Protect Your Network
An unsecured Wi-Fi network is an open invitation to hackers. Be sure your Wi-Fi is secured and updated to the latest encryption standard. Also, hide your network from casual Wi-Fi snoops by disabling the service set identifier (SSID) broadcasting function on your wireless router. This makes your network accessible only to users who know the exact network name.
Educate Your Employees
Educating employees on security risks and holding them to company safety standards can help protect your business from an intrusion. A few popular types of cybersecurity scams against employees include baiting, phishing, keyboard capture techniques, and impersonation. Inform employees of these scams, how malware and viruses work, and give instructions for appropriate responses to suspicious activity.
Pump Up Passwords
The easier your usernames and passwords, the easier it is to gain access to your system. Passwords like “123456” and “123456789” (the two most common passwords in 2020) are not going to keep your business secure. Combine uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols and avoid overused phrases like “Admin”, “Support”, and “Manager.” Change all usernames and passwords every 90 days. For added security, use two-factor authentication, which requires users verify their identity from a secondary device in a short time frame.
Create an Action Plan with Superior Document Solutions
No one wants to be a victim of a cyberattack so it is important to have security measures in place. As a small business owner you are likely focusing your attention on a variety of tasks to keep your business running successfully. Let Superior Document Solutions help you establish a proper risk management plan with backups, VPNs, firewalls, and more to protect your small business from hackers. Call us at 770-446-5325 or contact us online today