We are being alerted about cyber-attacks all too often lately. The latest being a company that holds all of our personal information. Hackers use such sophisticated technology, and it is important that small business start-up companies have advanced technology to protect themselves.
Small businesses are becoming the target of hackers more often. According to the 2016 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report:
• 50% of SMBs have been breached in the past 12 months
• The most prevalent attacks against SMBs are web-based and phishing/social engineering
• 59% of SMBs have no visibility into employee password practices and hygiene
• 65% of SMBs that have a password policy do not strictly enforce it
Why do hackers target small business start-ups?
• The majority of small businesses don’t have an IT person
• They don’t feel that they’re at risk
• They don’t have tools in place such as firewalls, antivirus software, spam filters, or data encryption tools
• They’re an easy target when compared to a bigger company
What can a small business owner do to protect their start-up company?
• Don’t download anything from an unknown sender
• Only provide your information to sites that have a secure SSL https URL
• Use anti-virus software
• Use strong passwords, include numbers, capitals, and special characters
• Change passwords frequently
• Pay attention to security and system updates. Updated computers/software typically fix security vulnerabilities
• Be prepared for lost or stolen devices. Require a pin to gain access to a device.
• Require mobile devices and laptops to be encrypted, even if employees are using their own device
• Keep an offline back up
The type of business you run doesn’t matter. If you have information online, you are susceptible to a cyber-attack. With these steps in place, you will be able to focus your efforts on other parts of your start-up. Customers will feel better doing business with a company who keeps their information safe.