Did you know that nearly half of all of the small businesses in the United States are in serious danger of being hacked? Because business owners are not taking their cybersecurity seriously enough, over 14 million out of the estimated 28 million small businesses have actually been breached already. Thankfully, there is some good news. Companies can make simple changes that will help reduce the chance of their data being hacked by training their employees in cybersecurity to fix common errors that they may not know they are making.
Here are some of the most common things that your employees are doing that put your company at risk:
- Clicking in Dangerous Emails – It’s estimated that a up to 91% of cyberattacks start with employees clicking and sharing information with hackers via spear phishing campaigns. These emails are typically designed to look authentic and may even claim to be from a reputable, trustworthy company like Google. In some cases, they claim to be from tech support following up about an “issue” or may be from a company leader. These emails have been known to inject mobile devices and computers with ransomware that can wreak havoc.
- Using Unprotected Email Accounts – 2-Step verification may be annoying to use every day for logging into email accounts, but it is a necessary step to prevent hackers from accessing email information. Many employees probably have it turned off so that it is easier to log in. This could leave the door open for hackers to find login credentials and access private data. Email hacking is one of the fastest growing methods of cybercrime, as hundreds of millions of stolen emails are the root of the biggest data breaches from the past year, including, Equifax, Yahoo, and Uber. 2-Step verification can help prevent your company from experiencing such a devastating cyberattack.
- Not Backing Up Data – Ransomware hackers work by locking users out of their technological devices and denying access to their data until a ransom is paid. Should they not receive the cash, the victim’s data can be permanently deleted. One major mistake many employees are making is not regularly backing up their data. Should a ransomware attack occur, backups are the only way to guarantee that you will be able to recover your data safely.
- Using Weak Passwords – Incredibly, the most popular password still in use today is “123456.” This easily guessed password is even used by some people for multiple accounts – and some even use it as a password for work accounts. It is best to ensure that all employees are using strong passwords and that they change them frequently to prevent possible hacks.
The best way to keep your employees from putting your company at risk is with training. At Logical Operations, we believe in making your employees the first line of defense against cyberattacks by teaching them what to do before, during, and after a breach with our CyberSAFE™ training and certification. To learn more about how this program can help your business, contact us today.