Is Your Business Vulnerable to Cybercrime?

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It only happens to the big companies, right? While that may have been
the conventional thinking in the past, cybercrime is finding large
businesses, government institutions, and even individuals as its victims
and as the Internet becomes increasingly integrated in to our daily
lives, cybercrime continues to become more widespread.

Business is often about timing. Each day you have deadlines and if
they aren’t met, you lose money. If you can’t get to your data for any
reason, your day and the future of your business may be at risk. With
data being so important to businesses of all sizes, it would be
reasonable to believe that much like liability insurance, businesses are
protected but that’s far from a true.

A recent survey concluded that 52% of all business don’t have an IT
security policy. Their data simply isn’t held under cyber lock and key
like it should be and their employees are free to practice internet
usage while at work in any way that they see fit.

If your business is in the 52% crowd, something has to change and it
has to change today. What can you do to decrease your risk of cyber
attack?

Back Up Your Data

Just like in our real lives, not being a victim of theft often starts
with common sense. Your data is too important to only be in one place
and you should never trust somebody else to back it up. Copy your data
and place it some place secure. If you can fit it all on to a portable
hard drive or some other piece of hardware that isn’t connected to the
internet, do that once per week. If you can’t, find an online backup
service that will automatically do this for you.

Think about your needs

Does your small business have a lot of employees or contractors who
work off site? Do they have to access your data from all over the world?
Your security needs are vastly different from the small dry cleaning
business that uses a computer for tracking garments and payments. Your
needs might be simple anti-virus software or a sophisticated firewall
protection. Talk to an expert if you’re not sure.

Data Policy

Can data be stored on a thumb drive that is easily misplaced? Can
laptops be left in the back of your car? Can you save sensitive data on
your local computer? These are all questions to ask before you put
together a data usage policy. One of the largest areas of cybercrime is
the stealing of data and if you have to go to your customers and tell
them that somebody stole their data off of your network, that could
spell disaster for your business.

Often, common sense will thwart cyber attacks but always have a
backup in place. If your data is stored locally, a cyber attack won’t
shut down your business for a day.

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