Cyber Crime has been a hot topic in recent months. In many instances, thieves can break into your business easily obtain the information that they need to process fraudulent payroll transactions and steal your employees identities.
The main way they are pushing their way through your doors is though malware. Once your systems are infected every single time your employees are processing payroll transactions or logging onto banking websites their keystrokes are being recorded and being harvested. They will find their way in through email phishing scams as well as by accessing networks with weak security.
Small businesses have become the victim of choice for cyber crime. They know that more and more small business owners do not have a plan for Cyber Crime and preventing themselves from becoming vulnerable to attack. Nearly 2/3 of small businesses that are victims of a cyber attack will go out of business within 6 months.
Here are 3 tips that will help you to protect yourself, your business and your employees.
Knowledge is Power. Get Educated. Figure out where your are vulnerable and fill those holes. Provide adequate training to your staff to ensure the issue does not arise again.
Consistent Assessments. New viruses and threats are emerging all of the time. You have to stay ahead of the criminals.
Create a Cyber Action Plan. Evaluate your systems and procedures. Look at everything that is connected to your network, your firewall, anti-virus, etc. Is their data that is vulnerable or subject to data breach laws? Take the time to actually formulate your cyber action plan, test it, and provide training to all involved parties.
Whether you employ an outside firm to manage it for you or do it yourself it is imperative to constantly monitor your operation. To keep your systems and your data safe from cyber crime it is going to require 24/7 monitoring.
Many companies are unsure of where to begin the process. A Managed Services I.T. firm such as Code Blue Computing may be a good resource for you. These companies can come on site and do a thorough evaluation and help you put together a manageable and effective Cyber Action plan.
Code Blue Computing is a Managed Services I.T. company headquartered out of Broomfield, Colorado. They have small to medium-sized businesses with issues ranging from desktop setups and repairs, networks, servers, data backup and recovery, and migrating to cloud based backups. Their service area includes Denver, Broomfield, Arvada and Westminster.
They can be reached via email at [email protected] or by telephone at 720-746-9763.