Big or small, all businesses are vulnerable to cyber attacks. Beyond installing anti-virus software and firewalls, here are some simple solutions to upgrade your cybersecurity game for your business.
Did you know?
- 81% of data breaches are due to poor password management
- 60% of businesses fail within 6 months after a data breach
- 54% of data breaches are caused by negligent employees or contractors
- 44% of small businesses experienced a cyber attack in 2016
Beyond installing anti-virus software and firewalls, here are some simple solutions to upgrade your cybersecurity game for your business.
1. Use a password management program to create and store strong passwords.
Did you know that weak and stolen passwords are the greatest threat to your business’s security? Managing a plethora of passwords can be a pain, and it’s convenient to use (and share) the same one for various accounts. Unfortunately, this practice puts our data at great risk — 81% of data breaches are due to poor password management.
A password management program, such as Keeper or KeePass, allows you to easily create and retrieve strong passwords — no sticky notes or spreadsheets required! You just need to remember one password in order to access all of your accounts, which are securely stored in an encrypted database.
Password Best Practices
- Do not reuse passwords
- Use strong passwords with at least 12 characters that are at a mix of letters (capital and lowercase), numerals, and symbols
- Do not share passwords via email. If you must email a password, use onetimesecret.com to create a one-time link for accessing sensitive information.
2. Be wary of files and links sent via email (and train your employees to be aware of potential threats).
Phishing scams are becoming more sophisticated. For example, hackers may mimic (or “spoof”) an email ad