Starting to Feel the Pressure to Focus on Cybersecurity? We Don’t Blame You…

Cybercrime is on the Rise with Ransomware Damage Costs Predicted to Rise to $11.5 Billion in 2019!

It’s expected that a business will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds by this time next year. Can you imagine? Chances are, one of those businesses will be yours if you don’t focus on cybersecurity now! Your data is an incredibly valuable asset – not only to you, but to cybercriminals as well. Here’s just a few examples of threats you need to protect against:
  • Ransomware wherein cybercriminals block access to your data or computer systems in exchange for a ransom fee.
  • Phishing wherein cybercriminals send convincing emails claiming to be reputable companies in need of your personal information.
  • Malicious pop-ups wherein you’re lured into clicking on an ad that infects your computer with malware.
  • Social engineering attacks wherein a cybercriminal manipulates you into giving personal information.
  • Phony wireless networks wherein a cybercriminal sets up a phony wireless network in a public place and uses keyloggers to steal your information.
  • And much, much more as cyber-threats are growing – becoming more advanced by the day.
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Did you know big businesses aren’t the only targets? Sure, in 2013, Target was hit when hackers stole data from almost 40 million credit and debit cards. In 2014, Home Depot was hit when hackers managed to put 56 million payment cards at risk. In 2017, WannaCry, a form of ransomware, hit more than 150 countries! But here’s what we don’t hear about on the news: 43% of cyberattacks target small businesses with 60% of small businesses going out of business within 6 months of becoming a victim! Those are some pretty scary numbers, aren’t they? You don’t want your business to become a victim of cybercrime.

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Here’s another shocking number for you: on average, 1 in 14 users are tricked into clicking on malicious links. How many employees do you have at your workplace? How many times do you think they’ve clicked malicious links? That’s the thing about malware… You often don’t know it’s in your systems until it’s too late. If you don’t have time to read through our ebook right this moment, I strongly recommend downloading it and saving it for later. In the meantime, however, here’s a few tips to help you right now:
  1. Maintain awareness at all times: Stay on the look-out for pop-ups, phony wireless networks, suspicious emails, and in general, anything that seems out of place and unsafe. If you’re not sure, don’t hesitate to call the person sending you a link or attachment.
  2. Use a virtual private network (VPN): A virtual private network is a great way to stay secure as you’re able to create a secure connection and share data without worrying about hackers.
  3. Always backup your data: If your data isn’t backed up onsite AND offsite in the cloud, you need to rethink your business continuity strategy. Backups must be performed and tested on a periodic basis.
  4. Use complex passwords: A password should be more than 9 characters – using a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. When possible, use two-factor authentication and always use a separate password for each account.
  5. Train and retrain your employees: Cybercrime evolves at a rapid rate, so employees must be trained and retrained every quarter at a minimum on the latest threats and how to thwart them.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What’s the cost of a cyber-attack?

The cost of a cyber-attack will vary depending on the intensity and the importance of the data lost or stolen, however, the cost averages out to $117,000 for small to midsize businesses. That covers downtime, reputational damage, customer loss and/or the support needed to bring systems back up and running.

What’s the best way to train employees on cybersecurity?

The best way to train employees on cybersecurity is by creating a culture around it. That means regular meetings to discuss recent and upcoming threats, tactics to stay safe, and general best practices. You should also test employees on a regular basis, which can be done with the help of an experienced IT company.

What is the best anti-virus software?

The best anti-virus software depends on your unique needs and budget; however, we strongly recommend using an enterprise-grade anti-virus software that’s capable of defending against sophisticated threats. Do not download a free option online. An IT company can help you choose one that will work best for you.

More commonly asked questions are answered in our cybersecurity ebook – download it NOW for free!

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