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A Simplification of Cyber Security It seems that major corporate hacking scandals or security bugs are becoming very common. Small business owners must be knowledgeable about cyber security because a lot of their business is on the web. Below are some of the things that you should know about keeping your organization safe online as well as what to do in case a security breach occurs. No business is too small to be attacked by hackers. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, about 71% of cyber-attacks target small organizations and close to half of small businesses reported having being attacked. An even more shocking statistic is that almost 60% of small businesses who fall prey to cyber-attacks go out of business within six months. There are three major reasons why hackers target small businesses; they do not have the essential resources to respond to an attack, they’ve partnered with bigger businesses and give hackers access to these businesses, and they have lower security on data like credit card numbers. Make sure that all the devices that are on the company network or handle company data have dependable anti-virus and anti-malware software. This is a basic but readily overlooked precaution against malicious attacks. Your system must also have a firewall to protect the whole network. Educate your staff to ensure that they are familiar with your security system. It may be useful to train your employees on basic online security and safety. There are several online resources that increase the awareness about safety certifications, phishing scams, and other cyber safety rules. Create strong passwords for any resources which require passwords for your system. The passwords must not be subject to easy guessing and social engineering. There are some guides available online about how to create strong passwords. Use encryption software should you manage sensitive details regularly. This way, in case you have compromised data, the hacker cannot have the ability to read it. Establish appropriate access boundaries for your employees that do not have administrator status particularly when utilizing non-company devices. Restrict administrator privileges to people that have to use them and limit access to sensitive data by time and location.
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Liability insurance doesn’t pay for cyber security breaches. However, if you would want to protect sensitive data, consult an insurance agent about what options you have.
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Ensure that you back up your data weekly either to an external hard drive or a secure cloud place. This way, if your server goes down, it is possible to be still able to use your data. If you’ve discovered that there was a security violation, determine the scope of the attack. This will be a great time to contact a cyber-security consultant who is competent in cyber security.