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Cyber security: Are You At Risk?

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Let’s dive into a rather chilling topic – the hidden secrets of cyber security. While you might not have any old skeletons tucked away in your basement, there’s a strong possibility of lurking cyber security vulnerabilities that are just waiting to create chaos.

You know the saying: you can’t fix what you can’t see. It’s time to shine a light on these hidden dangers so you can take action to protect your business from potential cyber threats. Let’s kick things off and uncover threats that could leave your business in a pickle. Here are some of the most common cyber security issues faced by small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Outdated Software: The Cobweb-Covered Nightmare

We get it; updating software can be a real pain in the neck. But running outdated software is like sending out invitations to hackers for a virtual Halloween party. When software vendors release updates, they often include crucial security patches that fix vulnerabilities hackers could exploit. So, don’t let outdated software haunt your business. Keep everything up to date to ensure your digital fortress is secure.

Weak Passwords: The Skeleton Key for Cybercriminals

If your passwords are weak, it’s almost like handing out your office keys to cybercriminals. Using “123456” or “password” as your login credentials is a big no-no. Instead, create strong and unique passwords for all your accounts and devices. Think about mixing it up with some upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Password managers can be a lifesaver for generating and storing complex passwords securely. As a business owner, don’t expect your employees to do this on their own; provide them with password requirements, and consider setting up software to enforce strong password creation.

Unsecured Wi-Fi: The Ghostly Gateway

Picture this: a cybercriminal sitting in a parked car, snooping on your business’s unsecured Wi-Fi network. Spooky, right? Unsecured Wi-Fi can be a ghostly gateway for hackers to intercept sensitive data. Make sure your Wi-Fi is password-protected and that your router uses WPA2 or WPA3 encryption for an added layer of security. For critical business tasks, consider a virtual private network (VPN) to shield your data from prying eyes.

Lack of Employee Training: The Haunting Ignorance

Your employees can either be your business’s strongest defense or its weakest link. Employee error is the cause of approximately 88% of all data breaches. Without proper cyber security training, your staff might unknowingly fall victim to phishing scams or inadvertently expose sensitive information. Regularly educate your team about cyber security best practices, such as recognizing phishing emails, avoiding suspicious websites, and using secure file-sharing methods.

No Data Backups: The Cryptic Catastrophe

Imagine waking up one day to find your business’s data has vanished into the digital abyss. Without backups, this nightmare can become a reality due to hardware failures, ransomware attacks, or other unforeseen disasters. Embrace the 3-2-1 rule: have at least three copies of your data, stored on two different media types, with one copy stored securely offsite. Regularly test your backups to ensure they are functional and reliable.

No Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): The Ghoulish Gamble

Relying solely on a password to protect your accounts is like having nothing but a screen door at the entrance of your business. Adding MFA provides an extra layer of protection by requiring users to provide extra authentication factors, such as a one-time code or passkey. This makes it much harder for cyber attackers to breach your accounts.

Disregarding Mobile Security: The Haunted Phones

Mobile devices have become essential in the business world, but they can also be haunted by security risks. Ensure that all company-issued devices have passcodes or biometric locks enabled. Consider implementing mobile device management (MDM) solutions to enforce security policies, remotely wipe data, and ensure devices stay up to date.

Shadow IT: The Spooky Surprise

Shadow IT refers to the use of unauthorized applications within your business. It might seem harmless when employees use convenient tools they find online, but these unvetted applications can pose serious security risks. Put in place a clear policy for the use of software and services within your business and regularly audit your systems to uncover any shadow IT lurking undercover.

Incident Response Plan: The Horror Unleashed

Even with all precautions in place, security incidents can still happen. Without an incident response plan, an attack can leave your business scrambling. Develop a comprehensive incident response plan outlining how your team will detect, respond to, and recover from security incidents. Regularly test and update the plan to ensure its effectiveness.

Need Some “Threat Busters” to Improve Your Cybersecurity?

Don’t let cyber security skeletons in the closet spook you. We can help you discover and resolve potential vulnerabilities while creating a robust security posture that protects your business. Give us a call today to schedule a cyber security assessment.

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