Cybercrime is on the rise – and like it or not, enterprise is firmly in the crosshairs of modern criminals. With advances in malware and new breeds of ransomware hitting the web, the ease with which a black hat can siphon money or data out of an unexpecting business increases with each passing day. And that’s not even getting into corporate espionage, which saw a sharp rise in 2015.
The fact is that you need to take measures to protect your business from both targeted attacks and malicious software. You need a game plan. Because you don’t want to be running about like a chicken with its head cut off in the event that your organization does end up a target.
And don’t think for a second that it won’t be if you’re running a small or mid-sized business.
“We are inundated almost daily by news about criminals hacking and stealing data from movie studios, major retailers, and even our most secure government agencies,” writes Entrepreneur’s Peter Gasca. “While these incidents may lead us to believe that big companies are the targets for hackers, the harsh reality is that small businesses are at as much risk as large corporations.“
“McAfee, a leading provider of security software, recently reported that it had found that 90 percent of small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses do not sufficiently protect their electronic company and customer information,” he continues. “[And] beyond data, how secure is your business’s banking and credit card information?”
Some sobering thoughts, no? As a follow-up, here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
- Avoid using public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks to do any sort of sensitive work. Anything related to your business – especially if it requires authentication – should be done through a secure network. If you have a VPN of some sort, that helps, but you’re still playing with fire.
- Set up banking alerts, and pay attention to any suspicious activity. Check your banking activity regularly.
- Purchase identity theft insurance, and subscribe to a service that protects against it.
- Take a close look at your passwords, and ask yourself how secure they really are. Would an attacker be able to crack your login information given a bit of time?
- Talk to any employees and vendors you work with about the importance of digital security.
- Consider investing in a document control solution such as WatchDox. That way, even if you share a sensitive file with a careless contractor, they won’t be able to compromise it.
- Have a disaster recovery plan in place for when you’re targeted, which details everyone’s responsibilities along with the proper response during and after the attack.
Not so difficult, right?