A Cyber Attack is defined as an unauthorized attempt to expose, destroy, or access your data.
There are three common types of Cyber Attacks:
- Malware: also known as “malicious software,” this acts against the intent of the user and can come in the form of a virus, Trojan horse or worm.
- Phishing: when scammers send fraudulent emails or text messages disguising themselves to be a reputable company such as a financial institution or a credit card company.
- Man-in-the-middle attack: where the scammer secretly intercepts communication between two parties to steal login credentials or account details.
How to protect your business from Cyber Attacks?
Be smart about Passwords
You may want to consider a multifactor authentication when signing in, this is where you’re required to present at least two identifying factors such as a password and a code before gaining full access. A common example of this would be an ATM, which requires both your bank card and a PIN before being able to access your account.
Increase your E-Mail Security
Almost half of all malicious email attachments come from office files. Basic email safety precautions, like not opening suspicious attachments or links, are things to look out for when protecting your small business.
Use a Firewall and Anti-Virus Software
A firewall acts as a digital shield, preventing malicious software or traffic from reaching your network. Firewall types fall into two broad categories: hardware or software. Be sure to have an antivirus software installed on your computer that regularly scans to identify and remove any malware that has made it through your firewall. This way you can control a data breach more efficiently by being alerted of an issue instead of finding out after that something went wrong.
Back-Up and Configure Your Data
Ensuring your data is backed up or archived is essential for recovery from cyber-attacks, theft of devices, or loss of equipment resulting from a flood or fire. Not only on servers but data on mobile devices as well. Configurations of your systems and devices would need to be backed up so that all of your user and security settings can be restored. Saving your data in the cloud means that your business is protected from serious cyber-attacks such as ransomware. This form of cyber-attack is where all your data and files become encrypted making them inaccessible to you. Cyber criminals will demand money in exchange for unlocking these files which can be around $2,000 for each infected system.
Here at Nanotek Consulting Corp. we have over 20+ years of experience when it comes to providing the best security for your small/medium sized business. We make it easy for you to handle your day to day business activities with confidence knowing you’re protected.
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