Why and how you should protect your business from potential cyber attacks

Why you should protect your business from potential cyber attack

Increasingly frequent articles in the news regarding online security are concerning. Especially so for businesses, estimated to be the highest target group for hackers.

News emerged today of a new six week online course offered in Russia for prospective online fraudsters. Whereby, upon completion, students stand to earn over £9,000 per month from fraudulent online activity!

This news coupled with Gardaí recently reporting that an unidentified Irish retailer had over 172 cases of online credit card fraud over just a two-week period, along with this Summers ransomware attacks. The issue of online security and data concerns continues to rise; however, individuals and businesses are still lagging at putting preventative measures in place to minimise their risk of being targeted.

As our connectivity increases so too does our vulnerability to potential hackers and cyber criminals but not only is your business information at risk but your client’s information too. It is now more than ever crucial to be prudent when it comes to both personal and professional online security.

How you can protect your business 

The internet is constantly evolving so absolute online security is not realistic, however, there are numerous steps one can take to minimise threats.

A vital step in choosing the most appropriate security solution for you and your business is to identify the possible risk areas to you and your clients. The two types of threats encountered are directed and undirected. In general, most online threats will be undirected examples include, phishing emails and spam and malware, however, these can become direct threats.

Most threats can be prevented by user knowledge and care. The big issue in a business setting is that it can be difficult to ensure all users are competent and even if they are it is easy to make a mistake.

Basic tips for preventing threats to online security include the following

  • Installing a full antivirus software ensuring the software includes browser protection, firewall and real-time protection
  • Use a secure browser like Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox
  • Use the precautionary principal: if you have a bad feeling about ads, download buttons, logos avoid these at all costs as these can re-direct you to malicious
  • Keep your Operating system updated
  • Use unique and strong passwords – over 8 characters in length with a combination of symbols, numbers and letters.

Internet usage is almost unavoidable for businesses these days and has the potential to elevate your business to new heights. It is essential, however, that you are aware of the threats being online brings and take preventative measure to ensure your business and clients remain protected.

If in doubt about the most appropriate security solutions for your business get in touch with our expert consultants at Solveit

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