If today, your business is hit with barrages of cyber-attack, what do you think would happen? Will your security mechanisms thwart the attacks or will hackers penetrate and steal your information?
No business is immune to cyber-attacks – it doesn’t matter whether you are just starting today or have been in business for years. And it doesn’t if you are a small business or big business. That’s why you need to take measures to protect your business against hackers.
Below are some security measures you can take.
1. Always Back up Your Files
Backing up all your business files is not negotiable. In the event of a breach, you can fall back to your backups to retrieve your data. Some of the information you should backup include your business plans, customers’ private information, login credentials, emails, and financial records.
To back up these days is simple, quick, and low-cost. The good news is that the process can be automated, so you don’t have to do it manually. Fortunately, backing up your data is generally cost-effective and easy.
It’s best practice to ensure that your back up is done daily, incrementally, and stored in the cloud. To create redundancy, you also need to back up to a portable device in case your cloud files get corrupted. And always test your backups periodically to ensure the files are not corrupted from the source.
2. Institutionalise a Security Culture
Many security attacks succeeded because employees didn’t know what they were facing or didn’t something that made the company vulnerable. You need to create a culture of security-first in your workplace and train your staff to recognise a cyber-attack.
Many UK companies do not train their staff to be security conscious. A survey done by the UK government in partnership with the University of Portsmouth in 2018 discovered that 43% of UK businesses had been hacked in the last one year and only 20% of companies trained their employees during this period.
If finance is a challenge for you in training your staff or investing in modern security tools for your web assets, there are many venture capital firms that are focused on cybersecurity and cloud computing such as C5 Capital, setup by Andre Pienaar, you can approach to sort out the challenge.
3. Tighten Administrative Passwords
Passwords are often the door through which hackers gain access, and they often target admin login so they can control your network. To protect your business against cybercrime, ensure that you change all default passwords at the administrative level.
In addition, change your passwords periodically and use strong passwords that include upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols and ensure your password is at least eight characters long.
Many businesses, especially small businesses, don’t take their security seriously until they have been hacked. Don’t be like the majority of people.
Remember it is more costly to fix a security breach than to prevent it. Get serious about protecting your web assets and infrastructures. Invest in security tools, training, and continuous upgrades. And don’t forget to implement cybersecurity best practices. Never assume you are not big enough to be attacked. Businesses of all sizes are targets of daily cyber-attacks.