Cyber crime is one of the biggest threats to businesses today, and the consequences of becoming a victim can be devastating. Yet all too often, businesses leave themselves vulnerable to attack because of the cyber security mistakes they make. Here are five common mistakes your organization should avoid:
Assuming You’re Too Small a Target
For most cyber criminals, it’s about opportunity rather than business size. If a weakness is found, they will exploit it. Once inside, what happens next depends on the criminal and what he/she finds. Basing security decisions on unfounded generalizations about how cyber criminals operate and think is a mistake, because each has their own modus operandi. In fact, some may prefer small businesses because of their weak security resources compared to larger companies.
Not Training Your Staff on Basic Cyber Security
Not opening attachments from unknown sources, not clicking on suspicious links in emails or websites, and good password management are some of the basics that every employee must know and follow. Don’t assume your new employees have this knowledge. Train them how to recognize social engineering attempts and ask them to report anything that’s out-of-place or suspicious. Security should be a part of your corporate culture.
Not Implementing Endpoint Security
Today, computer networks are often accessed by a variety of personal devices such as tablets, laptops, and smartphones. Corporate network access by these devices complicates security. Restrict or eliminate this access, or employ technology that monitors this activity.
Not Updating Your Security Software
Keep your antivirus, malware, and firewall software current. While this won’t guaranty protection against the most recent threats, it will prevent attack from well-known threats that are still capable of causing substantial harm to your company.
Not Partnering With a Managed Security Services Provider
If you don’t have an in-house security specialist, consider outsourcing this function. Today, the threat of cyber attack is real and cyber security is a must. Contact us at Whoa to learn about the layered security we provide for our clients.