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Protect Your Small Business Against Cyber Attack

Although many cyber criminals target large organisations, the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report found that 31% of targeted cyber attacks in 2012 were on smaller businesses (250 employees or less). The reason a cyber criminal will target a smaller business with less money and customer information is because it is usually easier than attempting to attack a larger organisation. Thankfully there are some things you can do to make it more difficult for cyber criminals to steal your hard earned cash and sensitive information.

Install anti-malware and anti-virus protection

Malicious software and viruses can be used by hackers to collect login information. This malware can be pushed to your computer via spam emails, a hacked Wi-Fi connection or harmful websites. Installing anti-malware and anti-virus protection can ensure these threats don’t get through. Once installed it is important to keep this software up to date.

Teach employees about the risks

If your employees don’t understand that cyber hacking poses a serious risk to your business there is more chance of them missing a security risk or breach. Explaining the risks to employees and giving them guidelines on internet use can reduce the threat of a cyber attack. By preventing employees from opening attachments that aren’t work related, for example, you will reduce the risk of harmful content entering your systems through harmful attachments.

Use strong passwords

You should never underestimate the power of passwords. In general passwords should be eight letters or more and include a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t make it easy for a hacker by using short and simple passwords that are easy to hack.

Get a trusted IT professional to assess how secure your systems are

If you don’t know what you are looking for, you might miss flaws in your business’ IT defences. An IT professional will be able to see if there are weaknesses that cyber criminals might use to get to your sensitive information. The aim is to protect areas where information is being stored or used.