You can never be too sure when it comes to online safety, and if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect your company from malicious online threats, you can find yourself, as well as your customers, in a world of trouble. Businesses can lose up to $1.33 billion dollars annually because of cyber-crimes, which can easily disrupt your companies spending plans. Your company needs to be ready to take on these attacks, but in order to do that, you have to take a step back and see if you’re currently at risk.
So, how do you determine if your company is vulnerable to cyber-attacks?
Out of Date Malware Protection
Outdated anti-virus software is a sure way to invite unwanted malware and viruses into your network. Cyber criminals are constantly creating new viruses and ways to infiltrate your firewalls, so it’s important for cybersecurity companies to update software so that it can effectively fight off online threats.
Take a look at the passwords that your team is using; are they strong enough to keep out strangers and other online cyber criminals? Having a weak password is essentially like leaving your front door unlocked. All it takes is one person who really wants to get in and you’re compromised. It may be hard to believe, but even some of the largest companies in the world stick to the traditional “12345” password. If it’s not safe for a home computer, why would it be safe when it comes to professional systems that safeguard customer, employee and client’s personal information?
Strong passwords go a long way when it comes to cyber security, and lazy password creation is detrimental to a business’s online safety.
Believing You are “Too Small” to Target
Cybersecurity companies see attacks happening to every type of business, no matter how small. Thinking that you’re invulnerable to cyber-attacks simply because you are not a nationwide franchise is dangerous; apathy is one of the most dangerous things facing companies today, and cybersecurity companies know this. Your business should always be prepared to avoid a catastrophe.
These are just some ways to tell if your company is at risk of a destructive cyber-attack, but the list goes on. If you’re unsure about your company’s safety, please reach out to A&B’s IT Management team and we’re prepared to safeguard your company’s most important assets.