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How to Protect Your Business Online

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 16, 2017

However convenient it may be, widespread connectivity has put us all in the firing line of potential hackers. Cloud-based software, Internet sharing and email communication all play an essential part in the modern workforce. However, our reliance on computer systems and online applications is also leaving us vulnerable to cyber attacks.

 

Online security is a real issue affecting businesses every day around the world. No organization is 100% safe from hackers or malware, but there are steps you can take to protect your business and lessen the repercussions of a breach. Here are five simple steps you can take towards protecting your business online.

 

Beware of Malware

 

According to Cyber Crime statistics, around 50% of all cyber attacks involve malware: malicious software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system. You can prevent malware from infecting your system by avoiding suspicious emails and not clicking unknown hyperlinks, but these well-intentioned habits will only get you so far. The only way to prevent malware entirely is by installing antivirus software and making sure you run and update it regularly.

 

Update your Operating System

 

Those notifications telling you to update your device's operating systems can be irritating, but they are there for a good reason. More often than not, software updates are designed to fix vulnerabilities in your current system, so make sure you keep your company computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones up to date.

 

Use a CASB Cloud Security Solution

 

If you’re using cloud software to store business data or run applications, a cloud access security broker (CASB) solution is essential. A CASB, as defined by Skyhigh Networks, is an on-premises or cloud-hosted security platform that protects corporate data while enforcing security, compliance, and governance policies for all cloud-based applications. Now that cyber-attacks are so rife, a CASB has become a critical element of business security, and without it, you could be putting your company data at risk.

 

Change Your Passwords

 

We all know that using “strong passwords” will make our login details more difficult for hackers to guess, but if your website security defense is already weakened, then cyber-criminals will already be able to see them. To make sure your information remains protected, consider implementing two-factor authentication (2FA). In addition, avoid the common mistake of using the same password across multiple services. Hackers will often try the same password across different software as a first step to gain unauthorized access.

 

Encrypt Sensitive Data

 

Encryption essentially scrambles text and converts it into what’s known as ciphertext, to make it unreadable by anyone other than those with the keys to decode it. This security defense has become less of an added security measure and more of necessity, as it slows down hackers and prevents them accessing secure information. You should also encrypt your Wi-Fi network and use a VPN (virtual private network) if you’re accessing your system through a public Internet connection.

 

Conclusion

 

With cyber attacks on the rise, it is a worrying time for businesses, whatever their scale or sector. No one should ever assume they are safe from a cyber attack. Instead, business owners need to take proactive steps toward increasing their online security through encryption, two-factor authentication, cloud security solutions and anti-virus software. While implementing this advice may never fully protect your business from hackers, it will lessen the chances of a breach and minimize the potential fallout.

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