The week of April of 2021 will bring to a close the National Small Business Week. The theme of this year’s edition will be “Cybersecurity: A weekly primer.” I hope these cyber security survival tips for small businesses (and their corporate clients) will be of use to all. While many people may think of cyber attacks as something that happens overseas or to other countries, the reality is that the cyber criminals are located right here in the United States of America. If not for our nation’s computer network security, then what on Earth would we be doing to protect our businesses? This is the question that needs to be addressed.
The cyber landscape is ever changing and advancing rapidly. Recent years have seen many developments with malicious online activities directed at business industries. These cyber activities often include theft of intellectual property (like proprietary information), denial of service attacks, and even DDoS attacks – which are a coordinated effort by several computers attacking a single server. All of these efforts can cause a lot of damage to a small business and its customers, not to mention the millions of dollars spent in damages every year. In order to minimize the damage and to protect against these harmful attacks, business owners need the best advice on how to properly secure their business networks. These tips are being offered by the following organizations: The White House, The Association of State Fire Marshals, The Insurance Information Institute, The American Society of Computer Engineers, The National Association of Information Technology Professionals, The Security Exchange-ahs, The American Society of Web Consultants, The Association of Specialists in Network Security, Inc., and The Digital Harbor Foundation.
As we near the end of the year, there are many commonalities with many challenges faced by small businesses throughout the nation. One of those challenges is securing businesses from cyber criminals that try to do harm via the Internet. It has been estimated that cyber criminals are spending billions of dollars each year on the attempts to hack into business computer systems and steal information. It is a well known fact that most businesses do not have any type of internal IT department. Many small businesses are dependent on professionals in other countries to conduct their cyber security. Most businesses simply do not have enough resources to dedicate to the prevention of cyber attacks.
However, all small businesses are vulnerable to attack from cyber criminals and that is why it is essential for businesses to take their responsibilities seriously. Businesses must be prepared for cyber attacks before they occur. It is recommended that businesses install strong anti-virus software and perform daily maintenance at their network to make sure that the system is clean and up-to-date. It is important for businesses to be familiar with the latest trends in Internet security. These trends will help businesses develop effective strategies to minimize the threat of attack from cyber criminals.
National cyber week is an event which brings the attention of business owners to the serious issues surrounding cyber crime. The main theme of the week is about educating business owners on how to protect themselves against cyber criminals. This includes conducting a comprehensive scan of all computers running on the network, running a complete scan of the entire network on a regular basis, and asking IT staff members about the most common ways that malicious programs are spread. Businesses should also work to develop a comprehensive security plan, which will include the creation of a website and a call center that will respond to security-related emails. It is important for businesses to consider how to best protect confidential information such as credit card numbers, customer lists, and other confidential data.
Another important theme this year is the importance of email security. Most business owners know the importance of protecting their customers’ personal information by running a virus and spam checker on their company’s servers before they send out sensitive information through email. It is also important for business owners to use firewalls to prevent unauthorized access to a company’s computer systems. Most importantly, however, business owners need to take the extra step of using email and virus blockers, and educating their employees about the importance of always protecting their email folders from outsiders.
The cyber attack has already taken down or attacked several large corporations. However, smaller businesses may be at even greater risk. Smaller companies typically rely on shared hosts and email that travel through multiple networks. This makes it very easy for cyber criminals to break into one of these systems, gaining access to not only company data but also employee information. The best course of action is to make sure that each employee knows how to do a virus and spam check, and has their work station protected with anti-malware software.
Every business should work towards being prepared for all forms of cyber attacks. This will help prevent the least amount of damage possible, while also increasing the amount of information that is secure on company networks. Some small business owners might choose to do this by themselves, but a more complete and thorough approach will be best in the long run. Make sure to do online research, find the best training, and take advantage of the various types of security packages available.