Sadly, most small businesses do not make cybersecurity a top priority in the workplace. Company owners may think that just because they do not rival the giant corporations of today in terms of size of important, sensitive information means they are immune to hackers from any nation. This “it could never happen to me” mentality is what leaves many businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks.
According to a recent study conducted by the small business association SCORE in 2018, 43-percent of cyberattacks actually target small businesses[JO1] and 65% fail to act following a cyber security incident according to 2018 Hiscox Small Business Cyber Risk Report. There is truly no website tiny enough to not be tempting to cybercriminals – whether they are from the United States or abroad. International hackers have many different motivations for attacking websites from other countries, which means that any and all websites must have the proper protection measures in order to make sure that they are defended at all times.
For a small business against the array of international cybercriminals, what does protection entail? Start with these actions to protect your company.
- Make sure that your Wi-Fi is secure. – It sounds so simple, but a shocking number of companies simply don’t have secure Wi-Fi. When it comes to keeping international hackers out, make sure that all employees access their email and any company information via a VPN. This will make it much harder for cybercriminals to intercept your information as it will be encrypted and transmitted through remote servers.
- Ensure that website monitoring is a top priority. – If you have yet to hire a cybersecurity company or professional to monitor your website, make sure that you make scanning your website for threats, malware, and vulnerabilities a daily task. This can be accomplished automatically with a website security scanner, as it can detect and remove malware while also patching when needed.
- Train your employees to be aware. – Each and every employee of your company should be trained to spot potentially malicious links, emails, and any other red flags that could lead to the downfall of your security. All it takes is for one employee to click the wrong link to let a foreign hacker into your private data[JO2] , 90% of cyber-attacks are aimed at End Users.
- Use a WAF. – A web application firewall, or WAF, is a great solution for the specific issue of foreign hackers. This tool allows you to block outside traffic from other countries to help prevent hackers from infiltrating your website.
Although your business may be small, it doesn’t mean your information and data is any less valuable to hackers from around the world. Instead of leaving the fate of your company in the hands of cybercriminals, implement these simple solutions to help protect yourself, your employees, and your future.