Cyber Security – What this means for your business
We live in a digital world where information is one of the most important and expensive currencies available. Thus, safeguarding the data has become one of the most important parts of a business strategy. Intellectual property, financial information and statistics, future plans and development strategies are all considered sensitive information and they all must be properly safeguarded against cyber attacks and other threats.
Unfortunately, cyber security is not yet a major concern for the business owner or the CEO of a company. However, they should rethink their strategies and implement new technologies and methods in order to protect their sensitive information and their businesses from competitors and other third parties.
Cheap PCI Compliant Hosting with exceptional cyber security is available with shared or dedicated plans.
Why is security important for businesses?
Most of the business owners and CEO’s will neglect cyber security until an incident happens. At that point however is already too late and sensitive data may have already been stolen. When the company operates sensitive customer data the importance of safeguarding these information increases exponentially as the incidents may endanger the future development and activities of the company. The most honest approach to cyber security should be as a consequence, to implement strategies for security prior to an unfortunate event as the question is not if such an event will happen but rather when it will happen.
Cyber security is important for small businesses as well
According to BIS’s reports (Department for Business Innovation and Skills), large and small businesses alike are all prone to cyber attacks regardless of their number of employees, the nature of their business or the services they provide. Hence, cyber security is important not only to large businesses owners and CEO but to small businesses as well. BIS’s reports show that the number of security breaches is constantly growing as more than 87% of the small businesses that were investigated reported such issues in the past year.
How to protect your business against cyber attacks?
We have already stated the importance of protection and security. Cyber attacks are nowadays a certainty and as a consequence, every employee should be trained in order to be able to spot and protect the company and him/herself against cyber threats. How can this ideal become a reality? Well, let’s consider a few important facts:
Keep your devices up to date. Keep the pace with new technologies and new software developments and constantly update the systems.
Stay up to date with the news. Inform your staff about the latest cyber security risks and threats and protect your business against scammers.
Educate yourself and your employees. Every individual is important when you are trying to protect your business against cyber attacks including the staff members who doesn’t work in the IT departments. They should all understand what cyber attacks are, which the latest threats are and how are they able to protect the sensitive information they work with. They should be encouraged not to respond to dubious emails and to report them to the IT specialists as soon as they receive them, to have strong passwords on their business and personal accounts and never share sensitive data with any other third party individual or company unless they are told so by their supervisors.
Don’t take people’s words for granted. This advice should be carefully analyzed by business owners, CEO’s and non-technical staff as well. There are many types of cyber threats and some of them will not even come through the Internet. There are scammers who use the classic ways of communications such as telephone, supplying services and classic mail systems and as a consequence, staff members should also be educated about these types of threats.
Inform the staff members about the risks of bringing and using their personal devices at the office/ for office duties. Security staff members have limited access to personal devices such as smart phones, tablets and computers. While bringing their own devices may offer benefits to the company in terms of costs, these benefits may turn out to be in fact lose ends when fighting against cyber threats.
Conclusion to the Cyber security threat
Cyber security is nowadays a necessity rather than a simple curiosity. Small businesses should also implement viable solutions and strategies in order to protect their activity and keep their sensitive economic, social or personal information away from the reach of scammers and other mal intended individuals or companies. Information means power and at the same time a huge responsibility. Regardless the services a company provides, all members of the staff should be trained in order to protect the information and securely store, manipulate and use the data.