While having everything with your business reside online is a great way to always stay connected with what’s going on and easily access all parts of your business from anywhere in the world, it also can put your business in jeopardy if you’re not careful with how vigilant you are with cybersecurity. Luckily, once you know where your vulnerabilities lie, you can take steps to help bolster those vulnerabilities in order to best protect your business.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways that your business could be vulnerable to cyber threats.
One way that many businesses get targeted and how many cyber threats gain access to a business is through email.
Hackers and others looking to take advantage of businesses know just how to spoof an email address and make it look like you’re receiving an email from someone that you know and trust. They then either ask for information or give you a link to click that you don’t think is suspicious because it’s coming from someone that you know. Unfortunately, once you’ve given them the information, clicked on the link, or sent out whatever response they were looking for, they’ve then gained access to what they needed to take advantage of your business.
To avoid this, it’s vital that you have strong security for email and that you always check the email address when getting different requests from people.
Through Your Staff
While you might want to think that the staff that you’ve hired would want to protect your business as much as you do, this sadly isn’t always the case. Because of this, you need to be careful with how you train your staff and what people have access to.
Ideally, you should train all of your staff on how to spot cyber threats and what to do when they see something suspicious. Along with this, you should also only give people access to information that is directly relevant to their job. This way, you can have certain access barriers as well as redundancies to ensure that policies are being followed by each and every staff member as far as your cybersecurity goes.
Everyone has heard about businesses who have had their systems and information taken hostage through ransomware. When this happens, someone takes over your digital systems and either extorts money out of you to give you access back or sells the information they’ve gotten to the highest bidder. But if you have someone on your staff that’s experienced with cybersecurity and knows how to keep these things from happening, you can keep your system and information safe.
If your business isn’t as strong in cybersecurity as it could be, consider how you can make some changes to help reduce your vulnerabilities to the above-mentioned cyber threats.