Here’s a statistic that should frighten the owners of small businesses. As outlined by a recent story by Entrepreneur Magazine – the magazine cited data from tech security company Symantec – small businesses with one to 250 employees were the victim of 30 percent of all cyber crimes in 2012. What makes this statistic important? It offers proof that small businesses who don’t create a cybersecurity plan are putting themselves at risk of suffering their very own cyber attacks.
Keeping Viruses at Bay
Luckily for us, the cybersecurity plan that Entrepreneur offers is a simple one to implement. First, the magazine advises that you immediately install anti-virus software on your business’ computers. No anti-virus software will stop every virus. But computers left unprotected are especially easy targets for cyber criminals.
Many hacks begin with employees unintentionally opening suspicious e-mail messages. Because of this, Entrepreneur suggests that small business owners constantly remind their employees to delete any suspicious e-mail messages, even when they are supposedly originating from people they know. Businesses need to remind employees, too, to not click links they find after opening suspicious e-mail messages.
You Need Firewalls
Entrepreneur also recommends that companies use firewalls to secure their inbound and outbound network traffic. Firewalls can prevent hackers from tapping into a small business’ network. Firewalls can also stop employees from accessing potentially dangerous Web sites.