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Has your business been targeted by hackers? Do you even know? Let’s face it, small businesses don’t typically worry all that much about cybersecurity. To many small business owners, they might see it as a luxury for their perceived risk. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that hackers and scammers are targeting small businesses more regularly than they have in the past and without some kind of dedicated cybersecurity strategy, there could be a good chance that your business could run into some problems because of it.
If you are like us, you’re sick of hearing about these hackers. They just are fraudsters and thieves that are trying to get over on hard working people running legitimate endeavors. Here are two things you can do as a decision maker at a small business that will help you control your business’ data and computing infrastructure.
Most computing systems require a login and password for access. There are several things you can do on this level to improve your chances of securing your network and infrastructure. The first is to ensure that your staff knows how to construct a secure password. If you were to outline the fundamentals of cybersecurity, it would start with a password strategy that works to protect a business. This has three levels. They are:
By improving your business’ password strategy, you will improve the front lines of defense between a hacker/scammer and your business’ computing infrastructure.
Another frequent form of infiltration into any network is accomplished through exploiting vulnerabilities in the business’ infrastructure. This happens when the software that a business depends on is not patched and updated promptly. Sure, there are situations where no patch is available for a vulnerability (known as zero-day threats), but these are much less likely than cyberattackers using known vulnerabilities that haven’t been patched yet.
For the security-minded company—regardless of its size—patching and updating software is an absolute must. This means every piece of software used for your company. This includes communications software, antivirus and firewalls...Everything. Since this can take some time, the IT professionals at Preferred have made it a point to add it to a managed IT services agreement. We figure, if you are paying us to monitor and maintain your business’ IT, why not make it easier on us by patching and updating software as a part of routine maintenance?
There are plenty of other steps you can take to attempt to ward off hackers, but you will find that if you can protect your network endpoints and ensure there aren’t any glaring vulnerabilities, your small business is going to avoid the annoyance of being hacked. If you would like to talk to us about getting our IT professionals to monitor your network, or if you would just like to talk about steps you can take to keep your business secure, reach out to our consultants today at 708-781-7110.