Keeping your business safe in 2016

Keeping your online business secure in 2016.

Smaller businesses have become greater targets for cybercriminals due to their ignorance of the dangers online.

If cybercriminals can breach your defences and steal private information (banking, email, etc.) they can use that to steal money or create attacks on your customers, and work their way around the business ecosystem in other heinous ways.

Research taken from the National Cyber Security Alliance show that two thirds say that their business is dependent on the Internet for its day-to-day operations and even more have relied on it for sales in the last 12 months.

The research also indicates that businesses have vital information to protect: sensitive information (including customer data), financial records and reports and intellectual property.

Furthermore,  indications propose that most small businesses have considerable risks that are not addressed:

  • 77% do not have a formal written Internet security policy for employees.
  • 63% do not have policies regarding how their employees use social media.
  • 60% say they have a privacy policy in place that their employees must comply with when they handle customer information and half (52%) have a plan or strategic approach in place for keeping their business cyber secure.
  • More small business owners say they do not provide Internet safety training to their employees than do.
  • Two thirds allow the use of USB devices in the workplace.
  • Six in ten  say they do not require any multi-factor authentication for access to any of their networks, and only half say that all of their machines are completely wiped of data before disposal.

Wow.

Determine your security.

So what am I saying? I think you know, you need to review your protection.

  • What information do you collect?
  • How do you store the information?
  • Who has access to the information?
  • How do you protect your data?
  • What steps are you taking to secure your computers, network, email and other tools?

Spam

Spam, unsolicited junk email, can be both received and distributed by businesses.

Phishing

Phishing attacks usually use fraudulent emails to trick consumers into sharing their personal data, such as Social Security numbers, or financial information (credit card account numbers, user names and passwords, etc.).

Viruses and Spyware

Viruses and spyware can enter your computer through emails, downloads and clicking on malicious links.

If your business has been victimized by an cyber attack, you should notify the appropriate authorities. This gives you a chance to recoup any losses and ensure that the attackers are brought to justice.

Protect your customers

You would never knowingly put them at risk, but lazy computer security practices can do just that, jeopardize your customers’ sensitive information and expose them to threats.

Trust is an essential element of customer relationships. When it comes to Internet security, your customers trust you to protect the personal information they share with you.

Keeping your customers safe requires your own computer systems to be fully protected. The best policies in the world won’t protect your customers if your network and resources are at risks for preventable attacks.

Protecting your network and systems requires a lot of the same steps as protecting a single computer, only on a larger scale.

Tools to protect yourself.

There are plenty of app, software and more to help you analyze the issues and project yourself from getting attacked or at least minimize the damage, just Google “Internet safety tools/software” or look at what Microsoft recommends.

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Stu Morrison's background in marketing, entertainment and web development has fused him into a guy thirsty for results in marketing. His regular talks on marketing and web conversion help others to gain more revenue from their websites. He also has a big moustache.