Six Ways To Protect Your Business From Cybercrime

in Cloud Computing, Security

By DJ Miller

Nearly one third of all malware attacks are targeted at small businesses with fewer than 250 employees. These attacks can have negative effects on your business and the personal lives of your employees. If you are a small business owner than you need to seriously consider finding ways to protect your company and employees from cybercrime. Here are 6 ways to protect your business from cyber-crime. Designate a Banking Computer

A cyber-attack is likely to cost your company a substantial amount of time and money. One of the easiest ways hackers can access your financial information is through email accounts or social media pages. If you want to protect yourself from these attacks then you should consider doing all your payments on one designated computer.

This computer should not be used for anything other than accessing and paying your bank statements. Keeping all your financial information secured on one computer is an excellent tip for avoiding fraud or other cybercrimes.

Back Up Your Data

There is an abundance of programs available to businesses for the purpose of storing and saving valuable information. If hackers can get into your system they are capable of destroying all of your data at the press of a button. In order to protect your company and clients’ information, look into using a cloud service to store all of your data.

Educate Your Employees

Misusing office computers can do more harm than just productivity. In a study by CyberFactors.com, in-house employees cause roughly 40% of business breaches. Training your staff to be safe on and offline is a vital tool to minimizing cybercrime in the workplace.

Strict policies and guidelines should be enforced across the entire company to maintain this level of security. You can even safeguard computers by blocking not-safe-for-work (NSFW) websites. This will minimize the likelihood of malware or spam.

Use Passwords

Passwords are an especially effective tool for minimizing cybercrime. Most companies operate on a designated network or WIFI. These connected networks need to be properly protected from potential hackers. Create a password that incorporates multiple characters, numbers, and punctuation. Change your passwords regularly (30-90 days) and do not use the same password for everything.

Buy Extra Protection

There are programs and services that can be purchased and used as extra support against various forms of cybercrime. Firewalls and antivirus software should be purchased and installed on every computer in your company. These tools are particularly useful at keeping your computers running at an optimum pace. They are constantly being improved to deal with new and challenging viruses so you need to stay on top of the updates for these programs.

Many companies deal with a high volume of personal information, whether clients or employees. This means that a breach of the system can release that information into the hands of criminals. To avoid the potential for identity theft you should consider purchasing protection. There are a number of different options so you will want to compare the identity theft protection companies and see which one works best for you.

Be Wary of Phishing Emails

Even with the best antivirus protection and employee training you can still find spam emails in your inbox. Many of these emails can give the appearance of a client or other companies invoice. Do not simply feel out forms even if you regularly do business with the alleged client. Take the time to call and verify any invoice or form before you provide the desired information. Although this may seem like a redundant task it can keep you from making any paramount mistakes.

Running a company can be extremely difficult. Cyber-attacks are the last thing a business owner wants to think about. Unfortunately, it is a common occurrence and should be considered a major threat. Don’t wait until it is too late, be proactive and take the steps necessary to protect yourself from any potential harm.

About the Author: DJ Miller is a graduate student at the University of Tampa. He is an avid gadget geek who spends most his time writing on anything tech related. In his spare time he likes to travel, play soccer, and watch movies. You can follow him on twitter@MillerHeWrote.

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