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Starting a Business? The Best Practices to Protect Your Company from Hackers

 

The business world is vastly different today than it was in the past. Computers and the internet have transformed nearly every aspect of running a company and selling products to customers. Most of this change has been beneficial and increased efficiency and profit margins.

However, along with the positive, new digital threats have emerged as well. Brink News reported that 90 percent of businesses in the United States have been targeted by hackers. If you want to protect your new business from this threat, you need to take precautions. If you don’t, it could mean the end of your business entirely. It’s not a matter of if you’ll be targeted by hackers. It’s a matter of when.

 

Train Your Employees on Cyber Security

One of the leading causes of digital security breaches for businesses is employee negligence. Training may be time and resource consuming. However, training your employees on proper cybersecurity practices is absolutely essential. If you don’t, you could be leaving your business open to attack.

 

Employees, for example, may not know to scan e-mail attachments for threats before opening them. If they don’t, they may not be able to detect malicious software or code that can create a backdoor into your system for a hacker to take advantage of. Employees must be trained on how to avoid such threats.

 

Outsource Cyber Security

Let’s be honest. Cybersecurity is extremely complex. It is also a constantly evolving. Threats that didn’t exist three months ago could devastate your computer network today. What’s even worse is that hiring IT experts in-house can be prohibitively expensive. It’s a competitive field, and those with the proper qualifications demand high salaries and generous benefits. It can often be more than many small businesses can afford.

 

Thankfully, you have the option of outsourcing your IT security services to an outside firm. For example, Fibernet manages the data services of companies, audits their systems for vulnerabilities and provides the services of its cybersecurity experts. Working with an outside company to provide your cybersecurity needs can certainly save you a lot of time and resources. It can also give you access to the expertise you need to curb the risks presented by new and emerging digital threats.

 

Implement Encryption

One of the only full-proof means of protecting data completely is encryption. Encryption transforms data into a form that is completely useless to hackers, cybercriminals and anyone else. To unlock the data and return it to its original form, the use of an encryption key is required.

One way data is often stolen is by being picked up while it’s in transit between a company website and a database. Often this is customers’ personal information. If this information is intercepted, it can be used to steal the identities of customers and defraud them of thousands of dollars. What’s worse is that your company can be held liable for such an attack. However, if that data relating to customer personal information is encrypted, it won’t be able to be used by cybercriminals for nefarious means.

 

Back up Your Data

Hackers may also try to deface or destroy the data on your website. If this occurs, you need a backup to restore it to the state it was in before the attack. Make sure to back up your data often. Also, store your backups at a remote location to make sure they remain protected if something were to happen to your offices.

 

Cybersecurity must be a priority for your business. Ignoring cybersecurity threats is foolhardy. You could have your website taken down and lose thousands in revenue. Even worse, your customers could have their personal information stolen. You could be left liable for the damage. Be proactive about protecting your computer systems from threats like hackers.

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