Did you know roughly 80 percent of cyber attacks target small businesses? You may think that large businesses are the most popular target because they have the most to lose, but it has been found that small businesses are a much easier target due to their lax security measures. Without processes and procedures in place to keep your small business safe, it remains vulnerable to malware, phishing and other forms of cyber attack.
No matter the size of your business, here are a few IT strategies to protect you for the cyber era.
Creating a multilayered defense
We’ve entered an age where password protections and firewalls are not adequately keeping small- and medium-sized businesses safe from threats like malware and phishing. Instead, a multilayered defense is needed to stop a hacker from successfully infiltrating your network.
Additional layers include tools like application software security, account monitoring, boundary defense and data recovery capabilities. With these extra layers in place, you’ll have many obstacles between the hackers and your company’s information.
Educating employees on cyber risks
One of the most common ways cyber attacks infiltrate small and medium-sized businesses is by sending an email with a malware attachment. It only takes a single employee clicking that attachment to infect the entire company with malware. With attackers growing more sophisticated every day, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your employees know how to spot these IT security breaches and understand how they need to respond in these situations.
Protecting endpoints strategically
With the growing popularity of BYOD (bring your own device) workplaces and the ever-increasing number of employees working remotely, the devices they use also are vulnerable to cyber attack. Protecting these devices, whether they be mobile phones, tablets, PCs or laptops, is paramount to protecting your organization’s network.
To keep your small-or medium-sized business safe from cyber attacks, ensure that you have the strategies in place
to stop hackers before they can access your network and your private information.
To learn more about how to protect your business in the cyber era, read the full blog here.
About the Author
IT Regional Sales Manager, Marco
Libby Vaughn is an IT regional sales manager at Marco serving our Wisconsin communities. A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Libby has 10 years of experience in the technology industry. She works closely with organizations of all sizes to help them improve how they do business and take their technology further. She can be reached at [email protected]
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