5 Ways to Protect Your Business from Cyberattacks

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Malware is a threat to any business that stores employee or customer data. Help reduce your business’ risk of data breaches by implementing these strategies.

Where to start with cybersecurity

The first step to protecting your business from cyberattacks is awareness. AJ Agrawal, a contributor with Entrepreneur, recommends educating yourself on the different types of malware that hackers use. Next, identify points of weakness in your business when it comes to protecting your data and safely using technology without contracting a virus.

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How to secure your Wi-Fi network

Cox Business member Lisa Majdi identifies multiple steps to securing your company’s Wi-Fi network.

1. First, make sure your router is in a secure location like a locked cabinet, so it’s hard for strangers to access it.

2. Make the router’s password a strong one and change the password each business quarter, since the most common way a hacker can break into the network is to use a default password that the business has failed to update to a customized one.

3. Lastly, set up a separate network for guests to further minimize the likelihood that they’ll crack into company data or introduce malware into your business’s private network.

Data privacy and cybersecurity

Stay Safe Online contributor Shawn Abraham says it’s important to install multiple layers of security. Anti-virus software is no longer enough due to the wide variety of cyber attacks and different strains of malware.

Abraham recommends going with an antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-ransomware suite, which will provide your corporation with a more comprehensive defense against data breaches.

A hacker’s main goal when using malware is often to access personal information about your employees and customers. By encrypting your business data, you’ll help ensure that this private information stays confidential.

Most software companies offer encryption applications suitable for businesses, Abraham points out. Agrawal recommends using full-disk encryption tools for optimal security. This method will encrypt every file on your drive without slowing it down.

Why backing up files is important

Regularly schedule backups of all company files, which will help you avoid rebuilding files from scratch in the event of malware infiltration. Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com and contributor with Business.com, advises using both on-site and cloud methods for backing up your company’s data. This will provide you with two storage locations for retrieving your information.

Tips for practicing cybersafety at work

  • • Inform your staff about malware and how they can protect the company from data breaches. Such education can be in the form of company-wide training or a monthly meeting to help remind employees of cyber attack methods like phishing and drive-by downloads.
    • Train them to avoid opening emails with suspicious subject lines or from unknown senders.
    • Advise them to use their business phones as a mobile hotspot or set up a virtual private network (VPN) instead of using a public Wi-Fi network when they’re working remotely.

By instating these practical online safety measures within your business, you’ll increase the security of your private data while helping to protect your company’s files and network.

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