My Business Will Never Be Hacked – Really?
Many Australian small businesses have a false sense of security about their business never being hacked. Despite this confidence, the statistics don’t lie and Australian small to medium businesses need to be prepared and able to defend themselves effectively against a hack.
Often, small companies
simply assume that they’ll never be targeted by hackers. However, as many as
one in three adult Australians fall victim to cybercrime, and hacking is on the
rise in just about every industry.
ASBFEO has reported
that 43% of all cybercrimes are committed against small business and the
average cost of a cyber-attack to a business in Australia is around $276,000
security is often seen as a fix rather than an ongoing process, and the cyber
hacking security environment is ever changing. This means IT Security needs to
be a constant discussion point for the owners of small to medium businesses.
With resources being a
challenge for any business, it is recommendation that a business should look to
use an IT expert for advice, direction and execution of their security defence
plan. The statistics tell you with cybercrime on the rise, there’s never been a
more crucial time than now to protect your IT infrastructure.
As the world becomes more and more dependent on complex IT solutions and infrastructure, the threat of cybercrime will continue to rise. No matter how advanced the latest IT solutions are, hackers will develop new and sophisticated ways to penetrate them and smarter ways to have your business hacked. So, what can you do to avoid being hacked? And what can you do if your company server is hacked?
How to Bolster Your
Here are some of the most effective ways to prevent your Business from being hacked:
Plenty of hackers would love to gain access to
your business data, such as customer contact details, purchase order histories,
forecasts and other sensitive information. You need to back up your data so
that if it is lost or stolen, you can recover it in its entirety.
Ensure that your staff are required to change
passwords regularly and enforce this by managing the process. Don’t store your
passwords but use a password manager application. Ensure that all passwords are
strong by using uppercase, lowercase numbers, special characters and numbers.
Two Factor Authentication
Two factor authentication requires users to not
only enter a password but also confirm the password through another item like a
code that is either delivered to a phone or to a nominated email address. All major
applications are now enforcing two factor authentication and so you should too.
Create a Cybersecurity Culture
It is a fact that a lot of security breaches occur
via email by staff either opening an attachment or clicking on a link that
contains a piece of malicious malware. Staff often use social media and
accidently post information that allows the cyber criminals to activate or
launch an attack on your business. The only way to avoid this internal threat (by
you or your staff), is to ensure they are educated correctly on what to look
for and what to do. This is about education and developing a cyber security
culture within your business.
Utilise remote servers
Why risk keeping all
your IT systems and data in one place when you can store everything on secure,
remote servers (otherwise known as cloud computing)? Most IT service providers
utilise a network of remote servers so that if one fails, another can simply
Mobile Staff using public Wi-Fi
No matter where you or
your staff are, they will be using their various devices to continue working.
This means they are accessing valuable information via a public network that is
vulnerable. People can see the data and access it in transit. Think about the coffee
shop, or the usage of a hotels free Wi-Fi service. Such public networks are very
vulnerable, and you cannot be sure about how secure the connection is. Ensure
your staff are using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when accessing or working
on company related information. A VPN will encrypt traffic so the WI-FI network
cannot see what is being transmitted over the network. As an alternative your
staff can also setup a hotspot for their mobile data.
Develop a business continuity and disaster recovery plan
It’s essential to
create a strategy to deal with disasters, both before and after they occur. You
should take as many preventative measures as possible to avoid a cyber-attack,
but you also need to be prepared for any situation.
The most straightforward way to guarantee the safety of your IT systems is to outsource maintenance and security to a dedicated and highly experienced service provider. That way, you’ll know who to call when you or your business have been hacked.
What to do if my business
If you’re unlucky
enough to fall victim to cybercrime, you’ll need to report the breach and contact
your insurance provider. However, you also need the contact details for an IT
service provider who can quickly get your business back up and running to minimise
At Computer Troubleshooters Milton, we specialise in all matters related to IT, whether you want to install an internet-based phone network, a cloud-based computing system or a sophisticated security solution.
We can prevent hackers
from being able to access your infrastructure, give you access to the latest
equipment so that you can compete with industry giants, and help you get back
up and running in the event that anybody tries to steal your data.
Call us today, and we’ll gladly explain how we can fortify your IT infrastructure. Call 0468919399 to speak to Computer Troubleshooters Milton Business Solutions expert