When starting a new business refining your product or service and connecting with customers are usually the top priorities. Another thing you should consider though, is your cybersecurity strategy. Taking steps to include cybersecurity planning right from the beginning can be a key component to the longevity of your company. By being aware of the threats and having a plan of action in place to defend against attacks, you can go back to focusing on what’s most important: running your business.
Here’s a good article from Entrepreneur, This Is Why Cybersecuring Your Business Is More Important Than Ever. We’ve pulled a couple key points from the article below.
- Cyber criminals are catching on and targeting small businesses with increased frequency. Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report revealed that 43 percent of all phishing attacks were targeted at small businesses in 2015, up almost 10 percent from 2014. The stat is especially alarming when comparing against a timeline of four years: in 2011, just 18 percent of attacks were targeted at small businesses.
- Awareness, education, monitoring and response, will all play a role in helping you safeguard your company information.
- Here are a few great resources for information on security best practices: National Cyber Security Alliance and the Federal Communications Commission. It’s key to have a response plan in place to minimize the damage of an attack and bounce back more quickly.
- Jeff Moss (expert hacker) shares 3 ways small businesses can minimize fraud and cybersecurity threats to their company and customer data.
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