In the wake of the recent Sony hacks, which was the biggest attack of its kind on an American company, businesses are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. Large corporations aren’t the only businesses at risk. Around 20 percent of cyber attacks are on small businesses with fewer than 250 employees, according to Chris Collins (R-NY), Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology. Hackers often target small businesses because they are the least likely to be protected by proper security.
If a small business keeps financial information, operational reports, budgets, customer credit card information, employee information, or any other type of sensitive data on file, that business is at risk, according to Business Journals.
The five major threats to a small business’s data are:
Natural Disaster- If a company’s physical location is destroyed, physical records will be too. Be sure to keep your data stored in the cloud as well as in physical form. At cat-man-du, we recommend and sell Carbonite Cloud Backup services.
Human Error- Employees can accidentally send e-mails to the wrong person, or delete something that wasn’t supposed to be deleted. Train employees on proper security policies and procedures.
Equipment Breakdown- Let’s face it, hardware doesn’t last forever and sometimes it breaks. Be sure to keep all hardware such as internet routers and servers up to date and running smoothly.
Internal Attack- It only takes one disgruntled employee to breach data without permission. Depending on your line of business, employees could be stealing customer information or accessing sensitive company information. It is important to only allow access to those employees that absolutely need it. A recent survey by the Ponemon Institute found that 71% of employees in all industries have access to data they should not see.
External Attack- As mentioned above, hackers might have the desire to steal your information. This can be prevented by creating a security plan, creating complicated login credentials, keeping servers and firewalls up to date, and having constant vigilance.
Protecting yourself from cyber threats can be overwhelming but it is of the utmost importance if you desire to stay in business.