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In this day and age, where network and computer security are key, headlines like these are common:

  • “Meet the new ransomware that knows where you live”
  • “Spear-phishing campaign exploiting Windows zero-day vulnerability hits retail, hospitality industries”
  • “Cyber Attacks on Small Businesses on the Rise”

As these headlines attest, ransomware, phishing, and other types of cyberattacks are increasing in number and sophistication. To avoid becoming a victim, you must take measures to protect your company, whatever the size. No business is too small to go unnoticed by cybercriminals. The fact is that cybercriminals like to attack small companies because those businesses often do not have the expertise or resources to fend them off.

You probably are running anti-malware software already in your business, realizing the essential role it plays in detecting and blocking known ransomware, viruses, and other types of malware. However, that is only one of several measures you need to take to protect your company against cyberattacks. Other important measures include reducing known security vulnerabilities, educating your employees, and preparing for the worst-case scenario.

Reducing Security Vulnerabilities

You can make it much harder for cybercriminals to attack your IT systems by addressing vulnerabilities that cybercriminals tend to exploit. Here are a few starting points:

Update Your Software Regularly

Cybercriminals like to target operating system software and applications that have known security vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities provide a crack that cybercriminals can slip through in order to access your computer systems and install malicious code. Updating your software regularly with newly released patches eliminates known vulnerabilities, thereby reducing the number of exploitable entry points into your computer systems. And we’re not just referring to your keeping your Microsoft updates current, but also those third-party apps like Flash and Adobe, which can be highly vulnerable to attack.

Update Your Firmware

Computers, printers, routers, and other hardware devices include firmware, which is software that gives a device its functionality. Just like software, firmware can have vulnerabilities that cybercriminals exploit. So, it is important to patch your devices’ firmware whenever the device manufacturers release an update.

Upgrade Your Software When Necessary

At some point in time, software vendors stop supporting older operating system software and applications. This means that they do not provide any security updates. Cybercriminals keep track of when versions of popular applications reach their end of support. When that day arrives, cybercriminals intentionally launch new attacks that target the unsupported software. Sometimes, they stockpile malware until the end-of-support date and then set it loose. As a result, your business is much more vulnerable to cyberattacks if you are running software that is no longer supported by the vendor.

Our NoWorriesIT team can conduct a Network Security Audit to identify security issues that are leaving your business susceptible to cyberattacks. Once identified, we can work with you to address those vulnerabilities and reduce your risk.

Educate Employees

Your employees can establish an important line of defense against cybercrime. By educating employees on how cybercriminals carry out cyberattacks, employees can spot these attacks rather than fall victim to them. Phishing, spear phishing, and social engineering should be at the top of your list of topics to cover.

Phishing and Spear Phishing

Despite being around for years, phishing emails are still being used by cybercriminals to obtain login credentials and other sensitive information, which they then use to steal money and data from businesses. Although people are now more aware of phishing, the attacks are still effective because of the growing sophistication of the emails.

Social Engineering

Cybercriminals sometimes try to con employees into giving them the information they need to access businesses’ computer systems or accounts. This is referred to as social engineering. Hackers like to use social engineering attacks because exploiting human behavior is usually easier than hacking security and computer systems.

Our NoWorriesIT experts can share their vast knowledge about cyberattacks with your employees. Armed with this information, your employees can present a formidable line of defense against cyberattacks.

Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario

Cybercriminals are constantly devising new ways to attack businesses, so despite your best efforts, your business might become the latest cyberattack victim. This is yet another important reason why you need a data backup strategy.

Although having backup copies of your data and systems will not prevent a cyberattack, it can mitigate the effects of one. For example, if your business becomes the victim of a ransomware attack, you will not have to pay the ransom to get your data back.

NoWorriesIT can help you develop a data backup strategy and test it to make sure that your information can be restored in case your company is attacked.

Protect Your Business

Cybercriminals are constantly releasing new malware programs or variants of existing ones. As a result, relying solely on anti-malware software to protect your business is risky, as it takes a while for the vendors to update their anti-malware software to defend against the new programs and new strains.

After conducting an in-depth Network Security Audit, our NoWorriesIT experts can recommend other measures you can take to protect your business from cybercriminals. We can also help train your employees so that they can spot cyberattacks rather than fall victim to them.

Contact NoWorriesIT today to make sure your company has the proper safeguards in place. Waiting until tomorrow might prove to be too late.

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