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How to Protect Your Business Against Cyber Attacks

May 4, 2017
Cyber attacks have become increasingly common, especially for businesses and organizations dealing with sensitive customer data. Cyber attacks can range from relatively minor security breaches to large-scale attacks that can cause huge financial losses and have a detrimental impact on business reputation. Protecting your business from potential cyber attacks and malicious software is essential for businesses of all sizes.


All computers, tablets, smartphones and other devices with access to company and customer data should be protected with antivirus software. Security programs that monitor your devices for viruses, malware and security vulnerabilities are essential on all connected devices. In addition, you should apply the latest updates to security programs, operating systems, apps and other software as soon as they are available, as they may contain crucial security patches.


Encrypting your data and hard disks helps to prevent hackers from gaining access to sensitive information and customer details. Data encryption programs can be useful for protecting specific files and folders, which can then only be opened with a password, security key or other preset feature. Most operating systems also allow users to encrypt hard disks to prevent unauthorized access.


Wireless networks are notoriously insecure and can be exploited by cyber criminals operating in your local area. Data sent and received through wireless connections can be easily intercepted. Wired networks are more secure, so consider plugging computers and devices into a wired connection. If you need to use a wireless network, choose the highest level of security settings and create a strong password with lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and special characters.


Vigilance is one of the most important factors in protecting your business from security breaches and cyber attacks. If you notice any suspicious activity on your computers or devices, such as unfamiliar programs running in the background, disconnect the device from the network immediately. If you have employees with access to sensitive data, consider sending them on a cyber security awareness course to help them spot the warning signs of cyber crime.

Cyber attacks can cause significant financial loss and affect the reputation of your business, but there are things you can do to help protect your company against cyber crime. Protecting your computers and devices with security programs and encryption software, using wired network connections and learning to spot the signs of a cyber attack helps to prevent security breaches and cyber crime.