Despite major advances in cybersecurity in recent years, cyber threats and attacks have only grown in both scale and danger. Throughout the last year, cyber attackers have been making headlines and causing major interference throughout the country, and they’re constantly looking for their next target.
Unfortunately, your small business isn’t exempt. In fact, cyber attackers place a focus on small businesses around the United States as easy targets. According to Embroker.com, cybersecurity costs were around $3 trillion in 2015, with that number expected to inflate to $10.5 trillion every year by the end of 2025. And while small businesses make up nearly 45% of all cyber attacks, only 14% have the necessary systems in place to shield themselves from the onslaught of malware, phishing scams, Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) and other cyber attacks.
These threats have only become further amplified due to COVID-19 pandemic and the emergence of work from home, providing cybercriminals with new ways to threaten you and your business’ infrastructure. As your company evolves, so does your own protection against cyber attacks. Some sure-fire ways of keeping your small business safe include:
Establish The Basics With Your Team And Develop A Incident Response Plan
Your team should fully understand the core basics of cybersecurity and how to properly protect their and your client’s data and personal information. This can be as simple as having them ignore attachments and links from people they weren’t expecting anything from or don’t know or having them keep their password regularly updated. Small business cybersecurity doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel, but is essential to keep your business running smoothly.
In the event that your company is under the threat of a cyber security attack, it’s vital that you have an incident response plan. This should highlight the six key steps of an incident response plan:
- Prepare: Setting the baseline for what to expect in the event of a cyber attack.
- Identify: Confirm if you’ve have a breach or your data has been compromised.
- Contain: Pinpoint and lock down the attack to minimize the damage done.
- Eradicate: Understand what caused the security breach, fix the breach, remove any potential lingering dangers, and confirm that your systems are clean once again.
- Recover: Following the attack, you’ll have to get the attacked systems back online.
- Evaluate: The most critical step is learning from what happened, how it happened, why it happened, and finally how to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Monitor Your Staff’s Online Activities
Malware and other dangers that could severely impact your small business cybersecurity are hidden throughout the internet in places you least expect them, which is why you should monitor your team’s online actions while on a company device. Accessing the wrong website or clicking on a phishing link can leave doors wide open for hackers to get in and wreak havoc. We strongly recommend restricting their access to non-essential sites, and avoiding the use of free public wifi sources while using a company device.
Invest In A Cyber Security Team
As a small business, it can be difficult managing your day to day operations while also ensuring your cyber security is running at peak efficiency. If you find that it’s just not manageable, or that no matter what you do you still seem to be getting attacked by hackers left and right, it may be time to hire a cyber security team, like the one we offer here at NXT GEN Technologies.
Our cyber security experts are here to help you keep your IT secure around the clock. We offer several layers of security designed to cover every single nook and cranny a hacker could try to crawl out of. Your business’ safety and security is our top priority, and we put the pieces in place to drastically reduce your organization’s exposure to future security threats. Ready to learn more about our cyber security services for your small business? Contact us today to schedule your free no obligation consultation either online or by giving us a call at (866) 995-3399.