Did you know that over 50% of small-medium business owners think their businesses are too small to be targeted by the thieves of the virtual world? Contrary to popular belief, 72% of hacker attacks often happen to smaller firms – firms with less than 100 employees! So how prepared is your network and staff? Here are some initial questions to help you find out how vulnerable you may be to these attacks.
1. Do you have business grade Antivirus Protection? – An antivirus software program can protect you from threats that originate from emails such as phishing and virus attacks. However, the most striking fact is that 61% of small businesses don’t install the proper antivirus software! One of the one’s that do, many aren’t managing the anti-virus and updating the software against the latest threats. If you are one of them, then it’s time to change!
2. How sturdy is your Firewall? – A good firewall system protects your computer network from the variety of threats that exist in the virtual world. Examples include harmful cookies, viruses, worms and other such malicious programs used by hackers. We’ve often conducted network assessments where the business network is protected by a home grade firewall that you can by at your local electronics store, these devices usually aren’t built for the bandwidth and security requirements of your network. Be sure your firewall is business grade, rated for your bandwidth requirements, and that all subscriptions and updates are kept up with. Otherwise your firewall is more like a big WELCOME sign for hackers.
3. Do you use a Spam Filter? – Using a simple spam filter for your emails keeps more than just junk out of your inbox. The bonus to having a good spam filter is that your employees save time, as they are not distracted by irrelevant emails, but the major perk here is that the potential virus and phishing threats are lessened as spam emails are unlikely to be opened. You will never find software to completely eliminate virus laced emails, but a good spam solution will greatly lesson the chances.
4. Do you backup your data regularly? – Agreed – backups don’t really protect your data, but they are the only way to recover it if data loss does happen. So, be sure you have a regular and reliable backup plan in place – and it is actually being deployed.
Data loss can prove very costly—especially to small-medium sized businesses, sometimes even resulting in them having to close down. Prevention is certainly better than a cure in such cases.
The key to securing your business from cyber threats are to incorporate a layered approach to security. The questions above should help you better understand if your company has the basic elements needed to protect your valuable data. If you’re interested in learning more about how Zet Sky can help secure your business, contact us for a complimentary consultation.