cybersecurityCyber attacks have become a serious problem for small businesses as well as the U.S. economy.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Report revealed that the cost of cybercrimes back in 2018 alone reached a whopping $2.7 billion. Small businesses are among the primary targets of cybercriminals because they have the information they want. Plus, these businesses don’t have the security infrastructure compared to larger companies.

A recent SBA survey showed that about 88% of small business owners believe that their companies are at risk of a cyber attack. However, they can’t afford to hire a professional IT expert or seek out managed IT services. Add the fact that most of them don’t really know where to start when it comes to cybersecurity.

It’s best to begin by learning the most common cybersecurity threats, knowing where your business is at risk, and taking the needed steps to boost your cybersecurity.

 

 

 

Common Cybersecurity Threats

 

Cyberattacks are always evolving. But still, it’s best for business owners to know the most common types of cyber threats as this will help them create strategies to boost their computer security.

Malware – also known as malicious software. It is an umbrella term for a software that is made to cause damage to a computer network, client, server, or computer. It may include ransomware and viruses.

Viruses – harmful programs that are designed to spread from one computer to another. Their primary goal is to help cybercriminals get access to your system.

Ransomware – a kind of malware that will infect and restrict your access to your computer unless you pay the ransom. Ransomware is often delivered by exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in a software or through phishing emails.

Phishing – it is a kind of cyberattack that uses a malicious website or email to infect your system with a malware or take your sensitive information. Phishing emails seem like they come from a legitimate company or known individual. These emails encourage users to open an attachment, click on a link that contains malicious code. Once the code has been run, your computer will then be infected with malware.

Evaluate Your Business Risk

If you want to improve your business risk, then you have to understand your company’s risk of an attack and where you can make the needed changes. You can achieve this through a cybersecurity risk assessment. With the help of an expert offering reliable IT services, an action plan can be created to boost your cybersecurity. This plan includes recommendations on how you can protect your company’s information assets, how to secure email platforms, and training your employees on cybersecurity.

Maintain A Good Cyber Hygiene

  1. Use an antivirus software and make sure that it is updated.
  2. You have to secure your network by encrypting information and using a firewall.
  3. Don’t forget to use strong passwords. You should have different passwords for different accounts. Every password must be at least 10 characters long, must contain at least one capital letter, one lowercase, one number, and one special character.
  4. Consider using multifactor authentication.

 

Back up your Data

You should also back up your data on all of your computers. Do this automatically if possible or at least once every week. You can choose between storing copies on the cloud or offsite.

 

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now and we'll help improve your computer security so you're protected against the most common online threats.

 

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