Top 3 Cybersecurity Tips for 2018

by Lidia Kovacevic

Over the past year, did you always lock your car door, did you always keep your customer paper files secure, did you always review your financial reports – of course you did.

Did you know 43 percent of cyber attacks successfully targeted small business, because the majority of small and midsize business’ have not implemented the basic protections against online crime and fraud?

Through our analysis of last year’s events as well as cyber experts’ predictions for 2018, WhiteHawk has put together the top three impactful tips your company can easily implement to become more cyber secure in 2018. These tips were formulated to directly help you protect both your business and your customers from cyber threats.

 

  1. Provide cybersecurity awareness training
  • More than 50% of organizations surveyed by BizCare that have experienced a data breach attribute the breach to negligence on the part of the employee.
  • Cybersecurity awareness training can include everything from online courses through cyber training organizations to incorporating anti-phishing exercises to your employees to make sure that they stay vigilant. This infosecurity article provides the steps to set up effective anti-phishing assessments.
  • Some cyber training companies you can use include: The Security Awareness Company; KnowBe4.
  1. Backup your data to minimize loss from a ransomware attack
  • Backing up data is not only critical to a business’ success but also helps to minimize the loss from a ransomware attack, which can be particularly damaging to small businesses. Ransomware succeeds by locking your data and demanding a payment to have it returned. By having a copy of your data saved somewhere else, you will not need to pay hackers to have the data returned.
  • Both Cloud Backup services (Google, iCloud, Internet Service Provider (ISP) Services) and external hard drives are cheap and effective tools to store data. To learn more about why you should be backing up your data, read WhiteHawk’s blog.
  1. Implement email and website security measures
  • For most small businesses, the majority of communication with customers is through email or your website. Therefore, it is critical to protect your data by either encrypting your email communication or implementing email security software.
  • By implementing software as a service (SaaS) applications, which just means you can lease out software on a subscription basis and can download directly from the internet onto your computer, you are protecting your brand and essential business data.
  • Good examples of SaaS that your business can implement include Barracuda, Votiro, or Cloudflare.

 

By incorporating these tips into your security strategy, you will be helping to prevent some of the most common attacks and ensure your employees stay up to date on how to prevent typical cyber hacks. For more complimentary advice specific to your business, complete our  questionnaire today!

 

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