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 Jessica Barrera
 
With 2017 showing waves of massive cyber attacks on enterprises, such as Equifax’s major data breach last July, it’s no surprise that cyber security teams in major companies have been trying to tighten online security.

Small businesses are no exception to these online attacks - far from it. Yet, many SMB’s aren’t doing all they can to boost their cyber security efforts.

As many as 90% of small to medium businesses don't use cyber security to protect company and customer information. This may be because SMB’s are not finding it a priority to invest in an online security system, due to either the lack of knowledge, lack of time and attention, or possibly the idea that there isn’t as much at stake compared to larger organizations. Either way, cyber threats are part of the reality that is expanding just as fast as the digital world.

This should give you a better idea of how much cyber attacks affect SMB’s:

Here’s What You Can Do:

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to protect your company from looming cyber attacks. Let’s start with the basics.

Implement A Strong Company Security Policy

This is a very important step to protecting your business. Making sure that all of your employees are informed about your company’s cyber security policies should be on the top of your priority list.

In a 2016 report, IBM found that employees were responsible for 60% of cyber attacks. 23% of those breaches were unintentional, because of the lack of knowledge on cyber threats. Many employees don’t realize that some of the most seemingly innocent actions we all do on a daily basis, such as logging on to their personal social media accounts or opening an email attachment, poses a threat to the entire company network-attached device.

Keeping your company updated on new threats and educating your employees on the best practices to avoid a security risk should be at the top of the list.

Some things to avoid:
  • Logging on to personal accounts.
  • Opening attachments from unknown senders.
  • Downloading software and entering passwords/personal information on unfamiliar websites.

Download an up-to-date Antivirus Software

There’s a new cyber threat all the time. This means your cyber security system needs to keep up with ongoing emerging digital threats on a 24/7 basis.

Even if it seems like there’s nothing wrong with your computer, there are inconspicuous forms of threats to keep in mind, such as pesky spyware that covertly collects personal information and internet activities.

Norton Security Online by Symantec is cyber security's award winning antivirus that protects your devices against malware, spyware, viruses, ransomware and other threats. Make sure to keep the software as up-to-date as possible.

Use a Firewall

Preventing unauthorized access to your computer systems makes it that much tougher for a hacker to breach.

Installing a firewall to company computer systems reinforces security by limiting what data and/or traffic can be allowed to enter or leave a network. This helps screen out hackers, viruses and other cyber threats.

Takeaway: Protect Your Small Business Today

With cyber threats evolving just as quickly as the digital world, it’s extremely important to prioritize small business cyber security. Doesn’t it make sense to protect the important information that keeps your company thriving?

Give Norton Security Online a try by signing up for a free trial to start. You can always add more licenses to protect more devices later on, including your computers, phones and tablets.