17 October, 2019
17 October, 2019
11 tips to keep cyberthreats at bay
Small business owners may think they’re safe from malware attacks, but they’d be wrong. According to recent Keeper Security and Ponemon Institute research on cyberthreats, 67% of small- and medium-sized businesses experienced a cyberattack in 2018. Many of these are businesses with less than $1 million a year in revenue.
Attacks range from phishing and social engineering scams, which target email and can include rogue links and attachments, to viruses to full blown ransomware threats in which hackers steal data and demand payment for a decryption key to restore the data. In fact, on Oct. 14, Pitney Bowes, which provides ecommerce, shipping, data and mailing services, was hit by a ransomware attack that encrypted information on some systems and disrupted customer access. And CNN recently reported that this year alone there have been 140 attacks targeting public state and local governments and health care providers.
“Ransomware is the scourge of everybody’s existence,” says Joe Stoddard, principal of Mountain Consulting Group, a 25-year SMA-certified systems implementer focusing on operational best-practices for the building industry. Stoddard offers the following suggestions for keeping your business safer:
Start with email
Keep up with maintenance
For more small business cyber security information and resources visit the Small Business Administration’s cybersecurity overview ; the Federal Trade Commission’s Cybersecurity for Small Business and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assessments: Cyber Resilience Review. Use Snopes.com to find out if something you’ve received is a scam.
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