Being subject to a cyber attack is a frightening prospect for any business owner, no matter what the size of their business. A successful cyber attack, or even just an attempt at one, can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to systems, reputation, and income. Compromised customer details can be a huge issue, and it is unlikely that those affected will trust you enough to use you again, even if you then go on to put rigorous cybersecurity measures in place. It is a far better plan to have those measures in place right from the start, to prevent these attacks before they can hurt your business. To make a start doing this, take a look at our suggestions below.
Know The Risks
If you want to truly protect your business from potentially devastating cyberattacks, you need to know what the risks really are; this way you can work on protecting the most vulnerable aspects of your business. You will need to research how hackers are most likely to gain entry, and then determine where the weak spots are in your own online or network setup. Unless you are an IT professional, it is best to contact an expert company such as Secure Data Recovery Services who can help you assess the risks and put specific measures in place. They can also help to restore any data that is lost should anything go wrong, so it is good to have their details to hand.
Encrypt The Data
The best kind of security is to ensure that a hacker simply can’t access your important and possibly sensitive information. However, because this is not always going to be something you can do, having a backup option will help you. Encryption can be that backup option. It is an added layer of security that makes it a lot harder for hackers to use any information that they find. They might be able to get to it, but they won’t be able to understand what any of it means.
Although data encryption sounds like a hugely difficult task, it can often be automated using online tools, so it is much easier than you might think. Once the information is completely encrypted, it is virtually impossible for hackers to make use of it. Don’t become complacent though, as hackers are always working on new ideas, so having more than one kind of cybersecurity system is important; encryption alone is not enough.
Don’t Forget Your Hardware
Although the majority of attacks from hackers will be done through online systems, you shouldn’t forget that your hardware itself is at risk too. It means that your laptops, computers, smartphones, and tablets can all be vulnerable to attack. If one of these items were stolen, for example, a thief would then have access to all kinds of information including saved passwords and even customer data. Therefore, your hardware needs to be just as secure as your online system.
You can literally lock every device away in a secure room, for example, or perhaps attach them with chains to your desks in case a thief breaks into your office. Although they might still want to take the items, it will take them longer to get to them, and therefore they might not take the risk as they will be more likely to be caught.