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66% of small businesses close within 6 months of a cyber attack. 

Many cyber attacks are a result of an “accidental” act of an employee.

Photo credit: mikecogh / Foter / CC BY-SA
Photo credit: mikecogh / Foter / CC BY-SA

Did I scare you?

Data and Network Security 

I know, I konw… it’s one of those topics that people like to think about, but don’t like to talk about. It’s hard to know who to believe and what to trust. It’s like listening to an older relative talk about the “old days” and walking uphill both ways to school… hard to listen to, but you have to. It’s everywhere so people are desensitized to it and aware of it all at the same time.

Yet, it’s one the most important aspect of your BUSINESS’s survival.

Did you know that (according to the National Small Business Association) nearly half of all small businesses have had some form of a cyber-attack, and nearly 66% of those business close within six months!

Take a minute to review this infographic from Watchguard (a trusted security vendor.) http://www.watchguard.com/docs/cybercrime-comes-to-mainstreet.pdf

The reality simple, “innocent” acts are more of a threat to your company than outside attackers sitting in dark rooms in other countries.

This can be prevented!

How can you protect yourself?  There are many tips we can provide – here are a few:

  1. Don’t click on links in emails.  Hover over them to see where they are really going first.
  2. Don’t open emails from people you don’t know if you aren’t expecting them.
  3. Banks DO NOT email you with links to forms asking you to input information.  If you receive an email from a bank saying “We need you to do X”, do not click on the links… rather… go to your banking web page and log in directly.
  4. Make sure to keep your anti-virus software up to date
  5. Do not believe pop-up messages when you’re browsing the internet that state you need something… clean up, patches, or what-not.
  6. Use secure passwords.  If you need a password manager, I recommend LastPass

These are only a few simple tips… If you’d like to learn more, please plan to attend our “what can you do to help yourself” seminar on November 18th.   If you’re interested in attending, please see our registration page for more details!