Last week we provided an overview on the types of schemes that hackers use to gain access to business computer networks which they then hold ransom or mine for personally identifying information that can be used to commit fraud. The threat is real and it is costing businesses an incredible amount of money every year. So what can you do to protect your business from hackers? While there is no way to completely eliminate the threat of cyber attacks, these tips can help you stay safe. Learn more, below.
Make a plan
The first step in protecting your business from cyber attack is to have a plan in place. Your technology plan should support your overall business objectives while addressing the unique security challenges you face. Because technology is constantly changing, your plan should too: Best practice is to review your technology plan every 3 months in order to ensure that it is meeting your ever-evolving needs.
Institute technology policies
It is crucial that management teams outline proper procedures for how employees are expected to handle sensitive data. Keep in mind that many employees use their personal devices to access company information, so your policy should address what information can be accessed on personal phones, tablets, and laptops.
Train your staff
Many phishing schemes and malware infections can be prevented with a little common sense training. Do not assume that your employees know the importance of strong passwords and other internet safety practices. It is up to you to train them on how to protect themselves–and in extension, your business–from hackers.
Develop a budget
Preventing cyber attacks takes some initial investment, including the costs for anti-virus software, hardware, professional development time, and more. These costs should be accounted for in your overall technology plan.
Trust an advisor
Sometimes these types of decisions are better made with an experienced advisor by your side. A tech advisor can help guide you on what type of training your staff would benefit from and the best technology investments you can make to protect your security. By working with an advisor, you can feel confident that your business is well-prepared to ward off the threat of attack.
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