Numerous businesses have gradually been witnessing the transition from working in a single location to anywhere in the world remotely, the last few months has seen the trend for home working. Thanks to the digital age we live in, where entire workforces are connected in multiple ways across multiple devices. But despite the advantages this affords, it also comes with several security issues.
Even the smallest business faces threats to its assets, corporate data and customer information, which include:
- Physical theft and loss – Due to human error or malicious intent.
- Denial-of-service – A cyberattack in which a legitimate user cannot access information or resources.
- Phishing – A fraudulent attempt by cybercriminals to obtain sensitive information.
- Pharming – An attack that redirects unaware users to a phony website.
- Ransomware – Malicious software that threatens to block access to a victim’s system or data until they pay a ransom.
- Malware – Software that is purposely created to harm IT equipment.
And when you consider that there are more than 350,000 new threats every day, small businesses must stay one step ahead of the game. Here’s how.
Protect, control and monitor
Did you know that 95% of actual breaches begin at the endpoint device and it can take up to 108 days before an advanced threat is noticed within a business environment?
For this reason, small businesses must be able to authenticate users, control access to data and monitor systems in real time by:
- Using password managers – To avoid lost and stolen passwords, make sure everyone in the company uses a password manager.
- Ensuring safe web surfing and email practices – Talk to employees about phishing dangers and encourage them to flag any suspicious emails, even if they appear to come from within the company.
- Keep your software up to date – Check that all the software on your servers and devices are up-to-date to protect them from known threats.
- Use comprehensive security – Use a VPN for encryption and private browsing services to help keep all your online activities and information secure from cybercriminals.
Even though sweeping attacks against large companies dominate the headlines, small businesses are especially vulnerable as they rarely have dedicated IT staff.
Security Solutions for SMB’s
DSI’s Managed Service offerings including Network Security and Mobile Device Management. Our infographic 15 Ways to Protect Your Business from a Cyber Attack gives 15 ways for SMB’s to increase security.
We’re here to help you take the hassle out of IT management, so you can focus on your business. So if you need support securing your IT across multiple devices call us +44 (0)208 017 0007 or +44 (0)1322 520480