The cybercrime threat to Australian small business is growing at an alarming rate. In fact, criminals are getting smarter, and companies aren’t keeping up. According to the Governments Cyber Security Review, cybercrime is rising exponentially and costing the economy a staggering $1 billion annually. Historically, cybercrime used to be the bane of governments and corporations. Today, it’s small and medium businesses that are under attack. Ultimately, the hackers know that small businesses are more vulnerable because of their lack of network security. So, let’s look at the 3 main ways you can help to avoid a damaging cyberattack on your business.
Employees Are Your Greatest Asset and Threat to Network Security
It’s estimated that around 80% of all data breaches are caused by employees. Now, this may conjure an image of an irritated employee hunched in a backroom angrily plotting to steal and sell your most sensitive data. Of course, this may happen, but most employee network security breaches occur innocently and by accident. Consider the email with the dodgy attachment that gets clicked on, instantly releasing a company-wide virus like a digital wrecking ball. Or the not-so-safe websites that some employees may visit. Or perhaps the proposal that gets worked on at home and brought back in on a USB stick complete with ‘Ransom Trojan’?
Unplugging from the Internet?
It can seem that the only way to be really secure, is to disconnect from the internet. Viruses and malware, sophisticated hackers and careless employees are all threats. So, what to do? Firstly, put in place network security protections (see below). Secondly, implement comprehensive education and security policies for employees. And lastly, make a plan in case the worst happens.
Network Security Basics Every Small Business Should Have
- Passwords that change often and are not intuitive
- Up-to-date Antivirus software
- Firewall with robust traffic policies
- Email Spam and Antivirus software
- Anti-Spyware technology
- A Network Security Plan