Cyber attacks and cyber crime are never going away. As long as we have access to the internet cyber threats of any kid will always be an issue. Many business owners don’t think of the after affects of such crimes happening to their organization. In fact, many business owners overlook being proactive as well as reactive when such incidents do occur.
The loss of downtime is the loss of profits. The time it takes for a business to react to an attack is the loss of profits. The time it takes and I.T. vendor to come in and mitigate the attack is a loss of profits. The data that was compromised could result in lawsuits which is a loss of profits. Not only are you risking profits you’re risking your brand, your credibility, and you risk losing your business because you lost your clients for your mistake.
Be proactive and implement the proper equipment and software. The investment you make on an ongoing cycle allows you to stop the attack before it even happens. Or when it does happen you’ll have the proper equipment, software, and support in place to mitigate the issue. Don’ become a victim because you don’t think this will not happen to you. Cyber attacks can happen to anyone including individuals.
There are many ways a hacker can get what they need from you. Some of which you don’t even know is happening. Hackers can infiltrate a weak network, they can send emails to your inbox, they can compromise your website, they can hold your data for ransom, and they can hack into anything that is online. The most interesting part is that sometimes the attack is done by an employee.
Most businesses don’t train their employees on an ongoing basis about cyber attacks. Hackers are known to find the weak link. A hacker can send an email that is masked to resemble a coworker or owner of the company. Which in most cases the employee clicks on a link or sends pertinent information without even realizing they were just compromised.
Hackers also don’t like to be seen. So they will replicate sites you would normally visit and apply malware or a virus on that site. So when your employee does visit that site and clicks on a link the you’ve been compromised. It isn’t just about making sure your network, your data, and your business are safe. It is about protecting your employees from making a mistake that can costs you thousands if not millions of dollars to resolve.
Another interesting fact is that the hacker can be someone in the organization. Safeguard your business by allowing an outside I.T. Vendor to review your security measures on an annual basis. Make sure that your employees aren’t doing anything that cost you in the long run. Also make sure that when an employee does exist your business either on their own or because they got fired that you have the proper procedures in place so they themselves cant steal data or infiltrate your network.
Be aware of the cybersecurity trends. Stay on top of the trends and adapt your business as necessary. Most importantly be PROACTIVE. Do not wait until you become the victim. Protect your business, your data, and your clients today! To find out more how C Three Business Consultants can help you with cybersecurity reach out to us today and setup a free consultation!