As a small to medium-sized business owner, you’re probably focused on finding out new ways to grow your organization, and to avoid becoming a victim of a cyber-attack. Although cyberattacks may seem like a “big business” problem, this kind of thinking is why nearly 61% of small businesses will suffer a cyberattack this year. If your business has weak cybersecurity protections, you’re the perfect target for a hacker. Here are 8 ways to protect your business from a cyberattack.
Dark Web Monitoring
What better way to find out what hackers are doing than by taking a look yourself at the stolen data on the dark web? With dark web monitoring, you can take action to protect your business from stolen credentials by proactively looking to see what data has been posted for sale on the dark web. It can be difficult for a small business to gain access such information, this is where a managed service provider comes in handy.
Whenever possible, the goal is to encrypt files. What exactly do we mean by “encrypting” files? Encryption works to encode your data so that it cannot be read without a password, adding a robust layer of security. There are three occasions you should be encrypting files, these include:
- When the file is at rest (stored on a hard drive)
- When the file is in motion (email or other transfer methods)
- On mobile device
For organizations that are required to be HIPAA compliant, encryption is especially important to comply with local and federal regulations.
Mobile Device Security
Today’s cybercriminals go straight for the landmine of employee data- their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Hackers are counting on you to neglect this important piece of the puzzle, waiting for the perfect chance to breach your network. Think about it- we take our devices everywhere with us. The chances of a breach are high if you rely upon public WIFI. Mobile device security closes this gap allowing you to feel confident where ever you chose to take your mobile devices.
Your first line of defense against a cyberattack is your employees. Security awareness training fuels the confidence and motivation employees need to notice a cyberattack before it happens. By training your users often, you can teach them about:
- Data security
- Email attacks
- Organizational policies and procedures
A managed security services provider (MSSP) can offer web-based training solutions and “done for you” security policies to help protect your organization. Check out our website for more information.
Hackers are quickly evolving the way they breach security systems as new software is developed to keep them at bay. It’s a constant battle between updating your systems and dodging cyberattacks, which is why we provide critical update services via automation to protect your computers from the latest known cyberattacks. Keep Microsoft, Adobe, and Java products always up to date; automation makes it stress-free to employ the latest defense mechanisms against hackers.
Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of protection to your device, helping to ensure that even if your password gets stolen, your data stays far away from hackers. It’s common for organizations to utilize multi-factor authentication when logging into various platforms, including:
- Network applications
- Banking websites
- Social media
An example of multi-factor authentication is when a one-time code gets sent to your mobile device to identify access to your account. Also known as two-factor authentication (2FA), this method is becoming increasingly popular among organizations for its easy implementation and reliability.
Web Gateway Security
Applying web gateway security helps detect web and email threats as they emerge on the internet and blocks them within seconds before ever reaching the user.
Advanced Endpoint Detection and Response
You might be wondering, “What’s endpoint detection?”. To keep it short, advanced endpoint detection and response systems replace your old outdated antivirus solutions that protect your machine against:
Today’s latest advanced endpoint detection and response systems protect against file-less and scrip-based threats, with the ability to even roll back a ransomware attack. Just because you run a small business, doesn’t mean you’re beyond a hacker’s notice. Overall, 97% of breaches could have been prevented with today’s technology.
How Kyber Security Can Help
Organizations are faced with bigger and more complex cybersecurity threats than ever. As hackers are constantly evolving the ways they target victims, it’s our job to help you stay up to date with your organization’s specific security needs. Our services follow the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to keep you compliant and prepared for the next big attack- we will ensure that your people, processes, and technology are proactively defending against cyber threats.