Accessibility to technology is both a blessing and a curse in the business realm. Modern, cloud-based tools and the connectivity of the internet have led to a time where business is completely reimagined and richer in opportunity than ever before. However, at the same time, not all who have access to technology have pure motives, which means that today’s businesses are also more prone to security risks and data breaches caused by those who leverage the power of technology for evil.
Data breaches make the news frequently, and an infiltration of your business or customer data can have disastrous impacts to your company, including:
• Compromised, Lost, or Unusable Data
• Financial Destruction
• Lost Time and Resources
• Broken Trust and Lost Customers
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to protect your business and ensure your company is protected. No one is completely immune, but this guide will share insight on how you can leverage security software and enforce data protection best practices to protect your business against 5 dastardly security risks.
Because the risks of breached security are so severe, and also dangerously prominent, security software solutions have been developed to help you put protections in place to safeguard your business data and avoid some of the most prevalent security risks of our era.
Cyber attacks take many forms, but a few of the more common, known threats (with strong defenses available) are viruses, malware, and ransomware.
Viruses are strings of code that can copy themselves over and over to create system weaknesses as entry points for hackers. A virus can slow your systems or create holes that give access to unauthorized users. Viruses can also destroy whole systems and corrupt data.
Using an anti-virus software solution is a great defense against viruses. These systems can monitor your computer and block or quarantine and remove virus attacks that threaten your computers. While using a firewall and an anti-virus software will help mitigate your risk substantially, you should do your part to avoid viruses, and train all your teams in proper cautions. Viruses can be lurking in ads (especially pop-ups) or on unsecured pages online. You should take care to never click on suspicious ads and only use pages online that begin with “https” (not http).
Malware is malicious software that typically presents in the form of downloads, and can completely destroy your systems and damage your data (or make it inaccessible). Malware morphs and changes frequently, and at any given time, there are thousands of malware threats in circulation. There is security software that specializes in malware mitigation, but you should take care never to download anything files that you see online or that come to you in an email, unless the sender is trusted.
Ransomware is one of the trickier cyber security threats in circulation, and it can be difficult to defend against because the attacks are currently impossible to trace. Ransomware is often found in zip files or other attachments that come via email. If you download such a file, your computer will be locked in seconds, and all of your data will be encrypted. A message will appear on your screen with instruction for making a hefty payment to recover your data.
In sum, to protect your business against cyber attacks, you should have a security software in place that detects and blocks viruses and prevents malware from being placed on your computer. These solutions contain safeguards against all the known threats of the moment, and are updated constantly as new ones develop, so it’s important that you always run your software updates as soon as they’re available to ensure you’re always have the most up to date protection.
Perhaps one of your best defenses against cyber threats though is paying attention and staying diligent against threats and teaching your teams to practice good security protocols. This, coupled with updated software, will help you avoid and defend against threats and protect your data and business.
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