How to Protect Yourself Against Cyber Predators

Cyber security is a topic that is talked about seriously yet often not taken seriously enough. As a business owner, cyber predators can destroy in a split second everything that it’s taken you years to build.

Common Cyber Security Threats

The number of cyber security threats continues to grow. Here are just a few ways that cyber predators can target and attack your business:

  1. Ransomware
  2. Spyware
  3. Hacking
  4. Phishing
  5. Spam
  6. Botnets
  7. Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS)

The list goes on …

You’ve probably read many stories in the mainstream media about large corporations that have been targeted by cyber criminals.

But make no mistake – smaller businesses are targeted too. Predators see you as an easy target because more often than not, small businesses assume that only larger businesses have to worry about this type of risk.

Without proper cyber security in place, you leave yourself wide open for something that could potentially take down your entire business.   

7 Cyber Security Tips for Your Business

Put up your best defense against cyber criminals with the following cyber security tips for your business:

1) Keep Systems Clean and Up to Date

It’s much easier to keep your systems clean than to clean up the mess once you’ve been infected. Computer cleaning and maintenance along with updated security software, web browsers, and operating systems provide your best defense against predators. Make sure your updates and scans are done regularly for the best result.

2) Back Up Everything!

A very common cyber security threat today, “ransomware” holds your files and data hostage until their ransom demands are met. Backup your data and files on a regular basis so that it’s not lost to the hands of these cyber criminals. Consider storing your data in the cloud for easy auto backup and storage.

Learn more about the benefits of taking your business to the cloud.

3) Use a Firewall

A firewall will prevent any outsiders from accessing data on your private network. Always make sure the firewall is enabled. Don’t forget to have your remote employees use a firewall as well as they are accessing company data over their home network.

4) Control Employee Access to Systems

Human error by employees is often a huge threat to business cyber security. This is why many businesses opt to release certain information on a “need to know” basis. The fewer employees with access, the more secure the data. Limit administrative access to devices to IT professionals and make sure devices are secure with each employee having their own secure username and password for access.

5) Passwords & Authentication

Opt for passwords that are strong and unique and change your passwords every three months. Take it a step further and implement multi-factor authentication where additional information is needed beyond your password to log in.

6) Be Careful with Business Financial Info

Limit access to your business credit cards to only those who need purchasing power. Communicate with your banking institution and credit card companies to ensure they are using only the most trusted, validated tools and anti-fraud services. Be careful with online purchases as not all sites offer secure payments. Always be on guard and watch for ways that cyber criminals can go after your financial information.

7) Consider Outsourcing Your Cyber Security Needs

Many times cyber security is ignored because it is complex, overwhelming and sometimes time-consuming. But it is not something that should be ignored or taken lightly. If you do not have the in-house resources to effectively manage your cyber security needs, consider managed IT services. With managed IT services, you get the advantage of experienced professionals keeping your business protecting while you focus on the business itself!  

Learn More

Enstep is your Houston area resource for cyber security and business technology services. We make managed IT services simple and affordable for your business so you can rest easy, knowing your assets are protected.

Contact us to set up a free security assessment outlining your company’s security vulnerabilities plus recommended actions to keep your business safe!

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