Understanding Your Network Security - IT Security tips for the small business from your local Denver IT Support company, North Star. http://www.nssit.com
It’s been said so many times that many small business owners are likely to block it out, but the truth remains: cyber criminals target small to medium businesses. But in a recent New York Times article, a cyber-attack wasn’t focused on the Ashley Madisons or Dropboxes of the world. This time the focus was on a small business who is lucky to still be in business after a serious cyber-attack.
Last holiday season, Rokenbok Education, a small, California-based toy company of seven employees realized its worst nightmare. During the busiest time of the sales year, the files in their database had become unusable, infected with malware. The hackers used ransomware, a malware designed to hold a business’s data hostage, to encrypt their files and demanded a payment to make them usable again. However, instead of paying the ransom, Rokenbok restructured their key system. To do this it took four days. That’s four days of downtime, lost sales, and confused customers who likely lost confidence in the integrity of their company. Luckily this did not put Rokenbok Education out of business. But many small to medium businesses aren’t so fortunate, and are forced to close after such a security debacle.
So why do security breaches like this happen to Small to Medium Businesses?
There are many reasons, but a common one is that small and medium-sized businesses often focus on profits over security. And really, it’s hard to blame them.
So what can your business do to protect itself against online attacks? There are a range of options, but it’s best to start off with an audit of your current security system to see where the holes are. This audit should check areas of risk which include customer data, employee access, and assets such as servers, computers and all Internet-enable devices.
After that, an obvious thing to do is to strengthen your passwords.
While this has been said thousands of times over, many small to medium business owners do not take heed.
Aside from passwords, there are many other ways to boost your business’s security that include installing a firewall, utilizing 24/7 system monitoring services, and keeping your antivirus up-to-date.
Also, since many security attacks occur because an employee clicked on a malicious website or link, training your employees is a smart move.
However, if all of this sounds far too much to bother with, consider outsourcing your security to a service provider that specializes in digital security. This can oftentimes save valuable time and money in the long run. Best of all, this can provide peace of mind, knowing that you have a security specialist watching over your business.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to start with your business’s security, we’re happy to help perform a thorough audit and provide you the digital security solution you need to keep your business protected. Security worries don’t have to keep you up at night, and we can help you implement the measures that will protect your business from disastrous security problems.
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