The Biggest Threats To Your Business Information
Every day, hordes of hackers from all over the world scour the web, hoping to uncover venerable websites, software programs, and more. And every day, businesses are taken offline and compromised by cyber-attacks. The last thing any business owner wants to hear is that their sensitive information has been hacked – whether through their website, server, or CMS.
For businesses that rely on their websites, email servers, and management systems to house customer information, they’re also leaving other people’s information venerable by failing to implement the right safeguards. Even if you think your firewall is safe and your systems are un-hackable, there very well may be holes in your security.
Here are some of the way your business is vulnerable, and how you can fix the weak spots before it’s too late:
Failing To Require Verification
While mega-corporations continue to make headlines with data breaches, smaller businesses are the ones most vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Small business owners may not see the need to implement multi-faceted systems for authentication and verification. From logging into company accounts to intake processes, each are vulnerable in their own way. When you leave these systems open for easy access and fraud abuse, you leave your entire company vulnerable.
To avoid misused data and fraudulent activity, implement id verification systems throughout your business. These can be systems like multi-step logins to sensitive accounts, restricted access card readers for doors, and even advanced ID scanners for client intake processes. If these processes seem long, just think about how long it would take your business to recover from a breach.
Ignoring Pop-Ups And Updates
Do you read and install pop-ups for updates when you fire up your computer in the morning? Do you regularly scan your computer for software updates? Do you even shut your PC down? These are all things you probably don’t do a lot – if at all. Most people are too focused on the task at hand to stop and update their computer. But, failing to update the most basic security software on the computers around your office leaves them wide open for an attack.
Instead of escaping or minimizing updates every day, get into the habit of performing updates when you’re prompted to. There’s a reason these updates keep showing up – your software may be out-of-date, and therefore vulnerable. Go a step further and send out a company-wide email, asking employees to take 10 minutes and perform all necessary security updates.
Not Talking About Security
A lot of times, employees don’t know what they’re not told. Sure, most people know out not to visit suspicious websites on their computers or download unknown files. But as hackers create more sophisticated ways to steal information and hack into computer systems, not everyone may be aware of vulnerabilities. It’s a good idea to educate your employees about safe computer usage. Make sure they know what sites are ok to visit on their breaks or downtime, and what you’d prefer if they’d avoid. When everyone isn’t on the same page, your net grows weaker and weaker.
Call a company-wide meeting aimed at educating employees about cyber-safety. Encourage them to only browse safe websites and never download files or attachments from sources they don’t know. Simplifying computer security may seem like a waste of time, but it could end up saving you a virus or two.
A few simple fixes and daily habits can make all the difference between a venerable network and a secure one. The best thing you can do is to make sure everyone in your company is on the same page about cyber security, while implanting clear procedures. The more you do to prevent the release of vulnerable information, the less likely it will be to happen.