Any modern company uses a variety of applications and software to enable employees to fulfill their responsibilities. These services include ERP systems, CRM systems, file sharing tools, and other solutions. Today, the non-use of such products is rather exotic.
Unfortunately, one vulnerability in business opens up a wide range of opportunities for cyber threats. As a result, hackers gain access to financial instruments, confidential data, and the personal information of clients. Moreover, the affected company itself (not familiar with fraud detection and prevention) can unwittingly become a tool in fraudulent schemes.
In this article, we are giving you 11 ways to protect your business from cyber threats.
Don’t neglect your antivirus protection. It’s impossible to talk about security without properly working antivirus software. It will automatically protect you from various threats and remove viruses that have already attacked your system. Antivirus is a must-have program to install on your computer.
Don’t disable built-in security. Modern versions of operating systems already have built-in protection features that are aimed at keeping your device secure.
Activate automatic updates. Bugs are discovered in programs day after day, and developers are successfully struggling with them. Remember, the program is more secure after installing the update.
Use URL filtering. This function prevents visits to malicious sites by notifying the user about the fraud in advance. In modern browsers, the warning function about harmful content is enabled by default, but it is worth checking and making sure of it one more time. For instance, if you try to open an unsafe site in Google Chrome, the browser will warn you about it.
Choose an additional channel of communication with employees. When relocating for remote work, check the database of phone numbers and find an alternative way of communication in case of a cyber attack.
Back up your data regularly. It’s better to store files and information on a network drive or cloud storage. It will give you the ability to access information even if cybercriminals still manage to attack your software.
Prevent employees from using public Wi-Fi. Connecting to a public Wi-Fi network is always a risk. Such connections are not secure but are quite popular in cafes and shopping centers. At the same time, no one thinks about personal data protection.
Use licensed software only. You can easily download malicious files from somewhere: there are many websites with unlicensed software. We recommend downloading programs, including free ones, from official resources to avoid cyber threats.
Check who sent the letter to your corporate mail. For instance, it can be a phishing email with malicious attachments, including ransomware. Be careful and don’t open files or links from letters if you are not sure about the senders.
Don’t store passwords in an easily accessible place. Your business may not be at risk from a remote cyberattack, but your data may be stolen because someone gets the passwords from you. Therefore, we advise you to store passwords in specialized apps.
Use multi-factor authentication. This feature greatly enhances the security level. It’s much more difficult for attackers to use your data, find it and get access. If you use a password only, the information remains vulnerable.
The threat of cyber attacks is much more real and closer than it might seem at first glance, even for those companies that don’t do their business directly on the web.
In general, cybercriminals will be happy to get your customer base, personal data of employees, data on technological processes, a list of server systems, protection systems, data of business partners, strategic plans of the company, etc. But vulnerabilities and potentially valuable information are not always obvious. Therefore, we advise you to contact information security specialists and minimize all the possible risks. Good luck!