Preventing Data Vulnerability for Small Businesses

Regardless of a business’ size, cybersecurity is an important consideration. According to a recent report, 60% of all cyberattacks target small- to medium-sized businesses, mainly because they’re easier targets. However, business owners don’t have to sit idly by and let it happen. Below are a few services and tools that SMBs can use for protection from data vulnerability.

Secure Office Hardware

Hardware is frequently overlooked in efforts toward a more secure cloud. After all, in larger companies, it’s easier to secure a cloud structure than it is to lock down several hundred laptops and mobile devices. Businesses can cut risk through proactive measures and secure device management, which keep employees involved in the process.

Keep Prying Eyes Out of Email Programs

Salespeople, lawyers and marketers commonly use email tracking to increase customer engagement and boost sales. However, cybercriminals use these tools to track times and dates of email openings and forwardings. With programs such as MailControl, companies can keep spymail out of their inboxes. These tools are especially effective in preventing phishing attacks.

Put a Stop to Ransomware

Ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity risks for today’s small businesses. According to the FBI, over 4000 US businesses are affected each day. Ransomware hijacks files on small networks, encrypts them and holds them for ransom, but antivirus tools are largely ineffective against rapidly changing ransomware. Tools like CryptoStopper deploy bait files which, when encrypted, catch ransomware early enough to prevent damage.

Train Employees

Social engineering attacks triggered by poor web use, phone calls and phishing attempts are both common and preventable. Today’s current training systems are designed for larger businesses, but they can be used by smaller businesses as well. Employees aren’t always aware when they’re being baited into a cyberattack, but programs such as Security Mentor can train them to be alert and aware.

Get SLL for the Company Website

In the past, companies have used TLS or SSL certificates only on login pages and shopping carts. While this helps, as do EV certificates, there’s more to be done. Today’s companies are encouraged to follow an always-on SSL protocol, which means that all of a site’s pages are protected.

While companies don’t have to do everything to prevent cyberattacks, it’s important to do something. These attacks happen all the time, and small business owners should pay attention—after all, attackers are paying attention, too.