Criminals are no longer just after your physical business assets, they’re ready to steal your confidential data as well. Keep your business safe with these top cybersecurity tips.
Keeping your business safe is critical. While you can install all kinds of physical security devices at your location, you know that you can’t completely prevent break-ins. However, that doesn’t mean you should leave your doors unlocked – And the same goes for your digital assets.
Even though there’s always the possibility that a hacker will get past your defenses, it’s important to maintain the highest level of security for your data.
The Rise of Cybercrime
Organizations are reporting data losses in excess of 20 million dollars, and the trend shows no sign of slowing. Depending on which report you read, cybercrime is up as much as 48 percent and rising every year. This includes everything from malware to hacking, phishing expeditions and other types of data breaches.
The cost of preventing and combating these attacks is also soaring, and IT security professionals can be difficult to find and expensive to hire. While large organizations are more likely to get a massive hit, it’s important to note that small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) aren’t immune. Even relatively small organizations make a great target, especially if they have digital interaction with larger organizations. Numerous reports confirm that it’s SMBs, not larger firms, that are disproportionately targeted by cybercriminals.
While it may feel like all you hear is about is nation-state actors engaging in hacking activity, one of the largest causes of cybercrime can be found within your business itself: your employees. Whether disgruntled employees decide to “borrow” some data on the way out the door, or ignore security procedures, it’s a known fact that many data breaches start on the inside.
In order to track down the parties, IT security professionals must remain vigilant. In a smaller organization, this can be particularly challenging as there are limited extra hands for backup and security procedures. Senior leadership must be involved and fully understand the negative impact a case of a cybercrime can cause.
There are specific steps you can take to limit the chance you’ll be hit by ransomware, hackers or phishing. While nothing is foolproof, having upfront defenses in place, and keeping a tight watch out for unlawful activity, gives you the best chance to halt cybercriminals in their tracks before they make off with crucial data.
Here are the top tips from IT security professionals to keep cybercriminals out of your business.
Cybersecurity is no joke, and if you want to ensure that your organization is fully protected, contact BACS Consulting Group at (650) 887-4601 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. We work with all sizes companies in of The Bay Area and offer the latest security solutions, recommendations and active monitoring options.
Published on 17th August 2017 by James Berger.