What Are You Doing to Protect Your Business from Cyber Attacks?
Prepare Your Business Security for More Than Traditional Physical Threats
Security concerns for businesses have expanded beyond the typical worries of theft and vandalism. These days criminals aren’t necessarily breaching your business through your front doors. They're coming in through your network, and the repercussions could be huge.
The latest study from Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that the cost of cybercrime worldwide will be over $6 trillion annually by 2021. However, many small and medium-sized businesses assume they're not at risk and do nothing to protect themselves. In this blog, we offer some tips on how to expand your business security system to protect the valuable data being shared in your Waco, TX company.
Add Firewalls to Your Network
Enhance your security by adding firewalls to all company software, browsers, and email programs. Primarily, firewalls serve as filters. The software inspects data attempting to come in and out of your system and flags any that shouldn’t be allowed to proceed. When first adding firewalls, your security professional helps you set safety rules for them to follow based on your business vulnerabilities.
Always Include Network Encryption
To more safely send data through your network, you should encrypt it. There should be encryption incorporated throughout your network with additional encryptions for vulnerable folders and files. This encrypted data is scrambled, needing your unique encryption code to crack it. Having this added protection means even those that can access your data won’t be able to use it in any meaningful way.
Restrict Admin Access on Computers
Even if you have security measures in place, human error can still put your company at risk. Get added protection by training employees on common phishing attempts via email and on how to recognize suspicious websites. Reinforce your security by adding restrictions on what users can install on their computers as well as what types of websites they can visit while using your network.
Create Unique Passwords
Another common source of human error involves passwords. Never rely on default passwords from your internet service provider since these are commonly shared online. Create unique, hard-to-guess passwords for all employees and additional ones for valuable files. Have employees change passwords every few months for greater protection.
Regularly Monitor and Update
Delivering strong network security is an ongoing process. Enhance your security by receiving regular maintenance and support from your business security provider. Not only will they monitor for suspicious events that could lead to a breach, but they'll keep track of all your software upgrades as well. As new security threats emerge, updates to all your software are vital since they often include security patches.
Do you want to learn more about the ways your business can protect itself from a cyber attack? Set up a consultation with our experts by calling (877) 418-ASAP, filling out our contact form, or chatting with us below.