Every October we observe Cyber Security Awareness Month! It serves as a good reminder for all businesses to evaluate their current cyber security practices. A time to review your cybersecurity strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to improve. Every business – no matter how small – needs a strong, reliable defense to protect your business network, client data, and employee devices from attacks.
Has your business adjusted your cyber security tools to keep your remote team safe during the COVID-19 pandemic? “According to the results of the CSO Pandemic Impact Survey, 61% of the security and IT leader respondents are concerned about an increase in cyber-attacks targeting their employees who are working from home. They’re right to be concerned; according to the survey, 26% have seen an increase in the volume, severity, and/or scope of cyber-attacks since mid-March.” CISecurity
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The move to remote working environments as well as the vulnerability of global economies in crisis has created an open-season for cybercriminals. No business—big or small—is safe. Small and medium businesses (SMBs) seemingly have a target on their backs, so strengthening your security posture is essential right now.
Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts. There are several things you can do to protect yourself against phishing attacks.
Computers Nationwide is here to help protect your business from cyber criminals and hackers by tracking down and eliminating sources of risk to prevent data theft. Our services help ensure that your business is running at its best. Our team of IT experts implement the most trustworthy and reliable practices to protect your business against cyber threats.
While the ease of connecting with coworkers and the workplace virtual network is a good thing, that same connectivity that allows your employees to access the network remotely could be the greatest security risk to your company. What can your business do to safeguard your private data while also granting employee access to important files from any location?
According to The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) , the majority of businesses that are hacked tend to be smaller organizations because they are under-protected. Don’t worry, there are a variety of cyber security action steps you can take to begin protecting your business ASAP! Our IT experts have gathered a list of common (and critical) practices your business needs in place to make sure your company is over-protected…
Cyber security threats are serious business. Hackers and malware can sneak in and disrupt your operations, costing you time, money AND your reputation. Worse still, hackers, malware, and ransomware can take down your business completely. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen. Bring your cyber security protection to the next level with Managed Cyber Security services, in partnership with innovative offerings from Perch Security.
Does your SMB have a contingency plan for dealing with security threats? No matter the size of the attack, it can be very costly, time consuming, and a major inconvenience. The most common attacks include: computer virus, phishing, trojan horse, hacking, and data breaches. Experian reported that a whopping 60% of small businesses will close after experiencing a data breach.
Traveling for work can put you at risk for a data breach. Experts strongly recommend not connecting to unsecured public wi-fi networks anywhere in the world, not only at coffee shops but also airports and hotels. Cybercriminals thrive off of unaware business professionals and the general population who do not take necessary precautions to protect their mobile devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.) while traveling.
Cyber Safety Tips from the FBI
- Keep software systems up to date and use a good anti-virus program.
- Examine the email address and URLs in all correspondence. Scammers often mimic a legitimate site or email address by using a slight variation in spelling.
- If an unsolicited text message, email, or phone call asks you to update, check, or verify your account information, do not follow the link provided in the message itself or call the phone numbers provided in the message. Go to the company’s website to log into your account or call the phone number listed on the official website to see if something does in fact need your attention.
- Do not open any attachments unless you are expecting the file, document, or invoice and have verified the sender’s email address.
- Scrutinize all electronic requests for a payment or transfer of funds.
- Be extra suspicious of any message that urges immediate action.
- Confirm requests for wire transfers or payment in person or over the phone as part of a two-factor authentication process. Do not verify these requests using the phone number listed in the request for payment.
More About National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)
Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. “Since its original inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.” Stay Safe Online
CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are proud to announce this year’s theme: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity. NCSAM emphasizes: “If You Connect It, Protect It.”