All Businesses are Targets

by Roseann Freitas | Jan 14, 2020 9:11:54 AM

What keeps you up at night?

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night worrying about what you did or didn’t do at work? Did you pay the vendor? Is payroll set up correctly? Is your ad camera ready for tomorrow’s deadline? Many business owners can relate to their professional life impacting their sleep schedule. Business owners wear various hats from accounting and marketing to HR and strategy, any of which can give them a headache.

For the business owner, technology advancements are both a
blessing and a curse. Technology allows a company to be more efficient, save
time, and alleviate some of the mundane tasks associated with running a
business.  The down sides can include
power outages, or a computer stops working, all of which usually happens when
it is imperative to access your information. Companies find themselves at a
halt when the technology fails. Often, a repair to the computer or restored
electricity can solve a problem quickly. However, what happens when technology
fails due to a cyberattack? Is your business prepared?

Most small business owners do not believe their company is a
target for hackers. The reality is all businesses are targets. While larger
companies might have a bigger payoff, they also have added security. Medium to
small businesses become desirable for hackers because of their lack of
security. 

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, a
division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, recommends a cyber
protection plan to help businesses mitigate a cyberattack. The first step is to
ask yourself about your company’s current policy and if it addresses
cybersecurity needs.

Does your company backup its data? Are the backups stored
offline? The data is a vital part of the business operation, and recovery of
the information is critical to resume activities. If your company does
experience an attack, what is your response plan? A written plan of procedure
to follow will expedite the recovery time. How long can your business run
without the system being completely active? To keep business going, you need to
prioritize what systems need to be up and running first. Having a plan for the
above is essential, however, you also need to test the plan to make sure it
will work.

Now is the time to have a risk analysis done for your
organization. The key is to find a reputable, trustworthy business that focuses
on cybersecurity. Implementing multi-factor authentication and minimizing
account privileges with employees will protect the system. However, training of
all staff will help prevent a majority of cyber-attacks as hackers target
employees with links that can leave malware on the company system.

Put in place the scanning of your entire computer system and
have an automated patch management program to ensure the latest security. Set a
policy about what programs or applications can run on the company computer
network. Limit access to websites known for higher risk of cybersecurity
issues.

It doesn’t matter how big or small the business; if a
connection to the internet is needed, then a cyber protection plan is a
requirement. The cyber protection plan will change and need monitoring
regularly as new attacks pop-up. Safeguarding your company information with a
cyber protection plan will allow you to sleep better at night. 

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