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Protect Your Business Against Cyber Crooks

Five ways to guard your small business against cyber attacks.



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Small businesses can do more to guard themselves against cyber attackers. An article on entrepreneur.com offers these five tips:

  1. Because most attacks stem from human error, every employee needs to understand the importance of cyber security, no matter how large or small the company. Do your due diligence in educating your workforce, and work with your executive team to create policies and practices that protect your business.

  2. Cyber attacks are organized, strategized and targeted. In fact, 80 percent of cyber attacks are driven by highly organized crime rings, which widely share data, tools and expertise, according to the UN Report on Cybercrime. It’s critical, therefore, that your business be one step ahead and meticulously plan for an attempted invasion. You’ll need to establish a strategic approach so that your entire environment works as an integrated defense, detecting, preventing and responding to attacks seamlessly and instantly.

  3. According to a recent survey, only 36 percent of security and IT professionals currently share information with industry groups, and more than half (52 percent) do not share any information at all. There’s power in numbers, however, so the private sector needs to collaborate and share data and expertise just as effectively -- if not more -- than the cyber-criminals do. Join a leading and well-built-out cyberthreat intelligence-sharing platform, and begin connecting across other companies and industries to preemptively spot threats and shut them out of your systems.

  4. Although mobile has risen as the platform of choice for work, shopping and socializing, we haven’t fully woken up to the tremendous security vulnerabilities which accompany mobile devices and apps. At any given time, malicious code is infecting more than 11.6 million mobile devices. Despite this threat, a recent study revealed that 67 percent of organizations allow their employees to download nonvetted apps on their work devices. They need to think more broadly than just about device management. There are risks associated with mobile content, apps and the increasingly popular practice of accessing confidential business data via mobile devices. Implementing a mobile device policy is essential to protecting your business.

  5. Today’s SMB needs a managed security services provider that can deliver a flexible solution cost effectively, and provide a seamless upgrade path. Additionally, any security approach should include quick, easy access to skilled security professionals, who can help them respond rapidly to any issues or incidents as they arise. The need for an intelligent, unified front to fight cyber criminals is greater than ever. Organized, complex cyber-crime is rapidly growing, cracking even the most secure companies with highly elaborate schemes. Don’t let your small business become a victim. Be prepared and fight back.

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