12 ways to protect your business from cyber-attacks.
A guide for every small and mid-sized business.
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It’s essential to protect your business data and devices from a variety of threats, both internal and external.
Malware is a type of software that is designed to damage or disable computers and computer systems.
Phishing is the fraudulent attempt by a bad actor to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, by disguising themself as a trustworthy entity in an email or text message.
Ransomware is malicious software that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid.
Social engineering is tricking someone into revealing sensitive information or giving access to a system.
Weak passwords, the absence of two-factor authentication, easily guessed answers to security questions, and unsecured Wi-Fi networks are all examples of ways that intruders can more easily gain access to your business’s information.
Undertrained employees can lead to honest mistakes like clicking fake links in emails.
A cyber security checklist contains the steps that all businesses should take to reduce risk and thwart hackers.
General best practices for cyber security include: 1) Develop a strong cyber security policy and ensure that all employees are aware of and understand it. 2) Implement strict access controls and authentication measures to protect your systems and data.
encrypt all sensitive data and communications.
Make sure people use strong passwords for their computers and online accounts.
Apply updates to company computer operating systems and software. Have a system for installing security updates as soon as they are available. Use a firewall to block unwanted traffic from reaching your network.
Common cyber security myths include that it is 1) only for IT professionals 2) only about technology 3) only about protecting against viruses and malware 4) only about protecting against hackers.
While business owners and operators should be aware of the items on the list, it’s up to an IT manager or outsourced IT support vendor to use the list.
Fortis is a managed service provider based in the Sacramento area. Fortis provides IT security solutions and help desk support to small and mid-sized businesses throughout Northern California.