Despite ever - advancing security practices, major security breaches happen on a regular basis. From Home Depot to Target to Amazon and Sony, some of the world’s biggest brands have been victims of malicious hackers. This doesn’t mean that small businesses are exempt from malicious security attacks. In fact, the Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 62 percent of breaches affect smaller organizations. The effects of such an attack can be devastating for a small business.
All too often, security breaches are caused by unsuspecting users doing something they shouldn’t. According to Jeffrey Bernstein, managing director of an IT Security Protection firm secure data is accessed by, “…clicking a malicious link in an email, opening an email attachment, using weak passwords, losing laptops or phones with confidential data, or being tricked into giving up their passwords through social engineering attacks,” Bernstein explains. “In fact, most security industry data estimates that well over 80 percent of all of successful data thefts that occurred over the past 12 months began with a user doing something they shouldn’t have.”
So how can you help remove some of the threat of an attack on your data? Use the following suggestions to help keep your data secure.
Implementing any or all of the suggestions above will help keep your data out of the hands of hackers. Executing these suggestions may require a call to an IT professional and/or your website developer and may cost a little money. However, in this case, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and will cost you a lot less in the long run as well.