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Is your small business safe from cyber attacks?

Is your small business safe from cyber attacks?

Let me ask you a simple question, if your business came under cyber attack and you lost all your key information, could you survive it and continue trading? 

Well, it might surprise you to know that the Small to Medium Business sector comprises over 40% of all cyber-attacks! And 22% of businesses that get hacked never recover and end up shutting their business down.  Scary, isn’t it?

So what is cyber security and how much is enough?

According to Cisco, a world leader in this space; “Cyber security is the practice of protecting systems, networks and programs from digital attacks. These attacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users or interrupting normal business processes.”

Most SME businesses don’t have resources for a full time cyber security professional so the question of how best to prevent data breaches can be quite challenging. 

It’s a complex topic because there are around 7-8 layers of security you can apply, which can be both overwhelming and very costly to manage. At a basic level, business owners need to understand where to start and what’s at risk.

Three simple ways to beef up cyber security for your small business

Get a fully managed router with a firewall

Your internet connection is the first point of weakness within your business. All your information is carried across this Internet connection, so if you don’t have some security here, you are inviting hackers into your business.

The good news is that this is a very simple fix.

Expert Telecommunications can simply install a fully managed router with a firewall to protect this entry point. Think of it as your 24 x 7 x 365 bodyguard! We manage the entire process for you and get notified immediately if there is a problem.

Protect your web browser

Next, we highly recommend some protection on your web browser. This ensures your staff don’t accidentally go to a corrupt webpage enticing them to download something onto your network. There are lots of simple software solutions out there to stay well protected. If you’re unsure which way to go, Expert can help.

Be aware of phishing scams

And lastly, we know we live in a world of emails. The hackers also know this and they have really raised the stakes in their game of getting us to believe that our bank, PayPal or Telstra, want us to update our payment details…you would be amazed at how many of us fall for this! Watch out for suspicious looking website and email addresses and requests for ‘updating personal information’. Often phishing emails are poorly written or presented and are designed to make you feel panicked. When in doubt, delete.

The good news is we have moved so far with cyber security and it is more affordable than ever.

If you want to discuss affordable cyber security options with one of our specialists, ask an expert. Simply call us on 9474 0000 or email jakub@expert-telecom.com.au and he’ll get right back to you. Imagine how much better you’ll feel knowing your business is being protected.

About the Author: Mauro De Girolamo