It’s no longer news that cyber criminals constantly attack major corporations, resulting in huge losses of data and profits. Even people who don’t pay much attention to the media are aware of the headlines and stories about hackers stealing a company’s data or hacking the personal information of their customers. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, the current cost of these attacks is around 400 billion dollars a year.
But an unfortunate side effect of these attacks, which you might not be aware of, is the dangerous idea that cyber criminals only focus on taking down government entities, or hacking companies as large as Target and Home Depot. The facts are much scarier for all of us, individuals as well as small business owners. In addition to targeting those big fish, one third of adults in the U.S.—one in three Americans—is the victim of a cyber attack each year. As for small business—70 percent of all data breaches occur in companies with less than 100 employees.
The cost of these attacks is severe—according to one report, 60% of small companies go out of business after being hacked.
So, what can you do to protect yourself and your vital data from cyber criminals?
Lower the Risk of Human Error
Yes, this is still your weakest, most vulnerable point. More than half the data breaches in U.S. companies are the result of human error: people clicking links in emails from unknown sources, visiting unsafe websites from company network computers, not using strong passwords, and not changing passwords regularly. Take the time to educate your personnel about what they must do to keep your data safe. Hold data security training sessions regularly. Also, be careful about who has Admin access– limit administrative access to your customer and data information on your network to the most trusted, well trained employees.
Backup your Crucial Business Data
We know you’ve been told this repeatedly, but it’s key to keeping your data safe. You have to back it up regularly, at least every week. Backup the files used on all the computers in your company’s network, if possible, back them up automatically. This is vital for helping to restore your business after a cyber attack.
Invest in High Quality Data Security
According to Inc Magazine, the best way to implement a thorough data security plan is to outsource it to professionals who “have the scale and know-how to protect your operations and sensitive data.”
Here at Skynet, we have a wealth of data security experience. Our network monitoring service includes:
- Remote monitoring
- Automatic creation of service tickets
- Detection of security vulnerabilities through baseline security scanning
- Backup verification and remote antivirus monitoring
- Comprehensive network and server reporting
Contact us at Skynet Innovations to find out more about these and the other services we can offer to keep your data and business safe.