With cyberattacks on the rise, there’s a tremendous need for cybersecurity, especially for small businesses.
Small businesses are at a greater risk for cyberattacks because they’re easy targets. Most hackers know that small companies don’t have advanced protection, so they can find holes to worm their way through.
Once hackers get in, they can wreak havoc and cost business owners thousands of dollars (if not more).
To avoid attacks from cyber criminals, you must improve your cybersecurity. This guide explains how you can keep your business safe from cyber threats with three simple tips.
1. Get Advanced Cloud Protection
In this day and age, most companies store important information with an online cloud service.
While cloud storage is helpful and convenient, it has many security risks. One way to avoid this is to invest in advanced cloud security posture management (CSPM), which provides extra security for your cloud storage.
Unlike traditional CSPM, this advanced deep and wide protection can detect and shield vulnerabilities, malware, and at-risk data. Investing in this extra coverage can save your company from harmful data breaches.
Did you know that approximately 45% of data breaches are cloud-based, with around 80% of businesses experiencing at least one cloud security incident annually?
According to a 2020 report, a significant driver of ransomware attacks was the Blackbaud (a cloud service vendor that works with many schools, healthcare providers, etc.) attack.
Some of the precious data exposed in this attack included bank account information, Social Security numbers, and other sensitive information.
2. Utilize Multi-Factor Authentication
Chances are that your employees have their own login information to access private information for your business. However, nowadays, it isn’t enough to simply have a strong username and password to keep cyber criminals from getting to your sensitive data.
To protect your information, it’s highly recommended that you utilize multi-factor authentication, which requires authentication in multiple ways before granting access to log in to private accounts.
For example, many apps are available to provide two-step verification to log in to an account. For this form of two-step authorization (also called push authentication), a verification app must be downloaded on your mobile device (usually a smartphone).
Each time you attempt to log in to your account, a push notification will be sent to your smartphone to verify that you’re the authorized individual trying to gain access to the account.
Utilizing a push authentication app for two-step authorization can keep malicious hackers from accessing private data, saving you from embarrassing data breaches.
3. Invest in Cybersecurity Training
Never assume that your employees know about cybersecurity or protecting sensitive data. In fact, assume that they know nothing about cybersecurity and are ignorant of malicious methods that hackers may use to infiltrate your databases.
Protect your business by providing necessary cybersecurity training for all your employees at least once a year. It’s worth the time and money because it will save you headaches in the long run.
Many hackers look for ways to trick employees into providing easy access to your information.
For example, they may use phishing emails that seem harmless to the untrained eye, containing malicious malware activated by clicking a link. If you’re unsure where you can find training for your employees (and yourself), there are plenty of free resources offered by non-profit organizations to help educate your workers.
Use the tools above to improve cybersecurity for your small business. You don’t have to fear data breaches and resulting lawsuits when you protect your private information proactively.
Don’t become another statistic; shield your company by taking preventative measures today!