By Travis Ray is Director of Customer Care & Strategic Marketing for KEYper® Systems,
Small businesses make up 44% of the U.S. economic activity in 2019. From family-owned restaurants to local farms and everything in between, small businesses are a large part of any industry. Though their appeal and individuality may attract a particular customer, they also invite attacks with cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Fortunately, there are many strategies to keep organizations protected.
Defending your small company can be done by securing physical and online property. One of the most fundamental steps a small business can take is to be educated on the threats. For example, the most common type of cyberattack is malicious software, also known as malware. Cyberattacks can be hidden in encrypted emails with false links or attachments containing destructive malware.
A security breach can put bank account numbers, passwords and other valuable information at risk. Not only do attackers leave your company vulnerable to further damage, but 60% of small businesses that are victims of cyberattacks close within six months of a breach. Losses can accumulate from banking information theft and disruption of day-to-day business, as well as damage the reputation of the company.
Following good cybersecurity practices for your organization is essential to protecting sensitive data. Given that malicious software is designed to be discreate in every way imaginable, training employees to identify these threats is critical. Instruct your staff on how to handle suspicious emails and establish rules through training to create a more secure network. It is also imperative to purchase and regularly update virus software so as to prevent outsiders from accessing your valuable information.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an experienced business owner, cybersecurity is a vital part of caring for your business. For more ideas, make sure to check out the infographic below with tips for making your company’s defense stronger against cyberattacks.
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