According to Forbes, businesses experienced a 50% increase in cyberattack attempts last year. While sectors such as communications, government, and education were targeted most frequently, hackers aren’t shy about disrupting operations in just about any industry.
In light of this fact, it’s essential that you proactively protect your company’s vital information and client data. However, data security is a complex topic, making it tough to know where to begin. To help jump-start your efforts, here are four ways to prevent your business information from being hacked:
1. Lock Down Your Network
Are you familiar with the term “wardriving?” If not, then you’re certainly not alone. Unfortunately, far too many business owners have never heard of wardriving — the act of locating open Wi-Fi hot spots while driving — even though it’s a favorite tactic amongst hackers. When hackers find an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot, they will attempt to access it, snag some vital information, or carry out other criminal acts.
Failing to secure your Wi-Fi network is akin to leaving your front door unlocked and attaching a note inviting potential burglars to come in and help themselves. Conversely, securing your network can make it much more challenging for hackers to access sensitive data. Make sure to use encrypted routers, set a strong custom password, and restrict router access to individuals with that password.
2. Invest in Antivirus Software
Antivirus software can protect your network from malicious programs. However, there are dozens of options out there, making it challenging to find quality solutions.
When searching for antivirus software, you may want to reach out to a managed service provider. More commonly known as an MSP, these individuals can manage all your IT resources. Conversely, you can contract with them for specialized support, such as assistance in setting up your cybersecurity protocols. Among other things, an MSP can help you select and deploy antivirus software.
3. Secure Your Website
What is website security, you ask? The simple answer is that it is the practice of protecting public-facing websites from acts of cybercrime. If you want to make your business a less appealing target for hackers, make it a priority to invest in dynamic website security solutions. The scope of web security solutions will vary greatly. However, the best website security products include malware removal, website scanning, backup services, vulnerability patching, and a web application firewall (WAF).
When weighing your options, find a website security solution that includes most of these features. Additionally, ensure that the service offers daily website scans to detect any abnormalities. This way, they can be addressed before they endanger your business data.
4. Train Your Team
Finally, one of the most important steps you can take to protect your business data is to train your staff. Hackers can circumvent the best cybersecurity solutions if an unwitting staff member lets them in the proverbial front door. To that end, educate your staff on common hacking tactics like phishing. It would help if you also encouraged them to verify the origin of emails before opening them.
Protecting Your Data
Cumulatively, the strategies outlined above will help you prioritize cyber security. But when used in conjunction with one another, these tactics will significantly reduce your risk of having your critical business data compromised. In turn, this will help you preserve business continuity and protect the privacy of your clients — and that’s what matters most.
Article contributed by Nitika.
Nitika is a content strategist with a degree in Commerce.
A writer by day and amateur illustrator by night, she loves reading, pop culture, and marketing gimmicks. Find her on Instagram at @delishfilms