By the time the average person takes a selfie and uploads it to Instagram, the next hacker attack has already taken place.
Cybercrime is today’s fastest-growing form of criminal activity. And 43% of online attacks are now specifically aimed at small businesses.
Cybersecurity attacks threaten every size business but it is small businesses that are too often left – out of business – as a result.
The exponential growth and sophistication with which cybercrimes are evolving is a daunting reality for us all. So in this post we are sharing expert advice with their recommendations for protecting your business and your customers.
As a small business owner you may not believe anyone would target your website, but that’s just it – bad actors are likely not seeking out your site specifically, said Mark Risher, head of account security at Google. The distinction between targets of choice and targets of chance, Risher said. Targets of chance is when the attacker is just trying anything – they’re walking through the parking lot seeing if any of the car doors unlocked. Target of choice is when they’ve zeroed in on that one shiny, flashy car, and that’s the one they want to break into, so they try all the windows, doors, moon roof until they find the one they can access. With small businesses, there is a false confidence “that no hacker would choose me”. To their detriment, they are not factoring in the degree of automation that attackers are using.
Even the least-trafficked websites still average 62 attacks per day according to Neill Feather, President of Site-Lock, a global leader in website security.
Even the least-trafficked websites still average 62 attacks per day
How To Protect Yourself and Your Customers
1. Use a Password Manager
2. Set Up Multi-Step Account Verification
3. Back Up Your Data in the Event of Ransomware
4. Enlist a Dedicated DNS Security Tool to Block Suspicious Sites
5. Create a Security Culture – Educate Employees to be Cyber-Aware
Phishing attacks can be sophisticated, so it’s important to train employees to recognize the signs of phishing. These signs could include unusual requests for money or information, fake website addresses or suspicious email attachments.
Peace of Mind – Consider Contracting a Web Security Service
Paying a monthly subscription to a website security company may not be ideal, but it could end up paying for itself in terms of lost business due to a site hack. Decreasing attack vulnerability means installing security patches and updates for all of your online tools as promptly as possible, which can be tough for a small-business owner’s schedule.
For small businesses it’s especially important to be vigilant about cybersecurity. Take proactive steps with these suggestions to avoid making your business vulnerable to hackers looking for their next target.
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Til next time, stay safe and network secure.