Is your business prepared for a cyber attack? Recent data from Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report shows that small businesses are becoming a larger target for cybercriminals. Last year, cybercrime activity targeted small businesses 43% of the time. This is a sharp increase from previous years. Learn more about how you can gauge your preparedness by answering the questions below.
Question #1 Do you have a backup plan?
In the event of a cyber attack you may lose access to your computer system. Customers may not be able to reach you, your website, or to access any account information they may have established with your business online. Businesses can improve preparedness by being proactive in having a business continuity plan. Being aware of the impact that any disruption will have on your ability to conduct business can help you to develop and practice a strong backup plan. The goal of your plan should be to return to business as usual within minutes. Devise a plan, test your plan frequently, and make continued improvements to your plan.
Question #2 How secure is your data?
Whether you store your customers’ financial information or if your online records contain proprietary information essential to the success of your business, having this data fall into the hands of an unscrupulous hacker could spell disaster for your business. It is imperative to establish safeguards ensuring your data is being properly encrypted and stored. Create a firm set of essential security practices for your employees to follow and train them to make cyber security a priority in the workplace. Protect your business’s reputation by making every effort to keep all data secure.
Question #3 Are you aware of the various types of cyber threats?
Cyber threats evolve daily as hackers relentlessly seek out ways to access your sensitive information. Small businesses are often bigger targets for hackers because many of them do not employ the same strict security standards that larger corporations do and they are also less likely to detect a data breach until it is too late. Many small businesses handle their own IT and security management leaving them susceptible to numerous web threats. Learning about the various online threats used by hackers will help you to prepare for a future attack. While viruses are still one of the most successful ways that hackers can infiltrate your system, they are also using ransomware and spyware to gain access to confidential info and exploit it. Knowing how to identify cyber threats will help you to avoid some of the tactics used by hackers to obtain your passwords and other private information.