Tip #1 – Maintain Awareness at all Times
Cybersecurity threats are attacking your inbox every day. Your spam filters and antivirus software screens out most viruses, but dangerous emails with pop-ups try to entice you to click on a link or button. Security Magazine estimates business costs from cyberattacks will reach $20 billion by 2021.
These results can be disastrous. Viruses can infect your network, steal data, shut down your IT system and even demand a ransom. These imposters, also known as phishing emails, often copy legitimate emails from companies you know and trust. You and your employees can combat these threats by being aware at all times. If you don’t trust it, don’t click it.
Tip #2 – Use Complex Passwords
If your password is easy to remember, a hacker can figure it out too! Using complex passwords is a vital tool in the fight against cybercrime. It’s also essential to use unique passwords for each account. If one password is compromised, a hacker can easily find all other accounts with the same password. The most complex passwords use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Use a password management tool to securely store your passwords and can speed up login time for infrequently used websites.
Tip #3 – Secure Your WiFi with a VPN
A virtual private network (VPN) is a secure tunnel where your data can travel from your computer to the Internet without being viewed or accessed. Suppose you use a public WiFi network in a shared office or library. Your data is open for anybody to see—or steal. The VPN keeps your data and email messages secure.
Tip #4 – Keep Data Backed Up and Recoverable
Your data keeps your business humming. Every day, your employees access client data, sales transactions, manufacturing information and financial statistics to do their job. If that data is stolen or compromised, your business operations will cease to function. While cybersecurity tools will prevent most breaches, having a data backup and recovery process will keep your business operational in the case of an incident. Data backup services make full copies of your information weekly, daily, hourly, or on-demand. Data recovery services restore your data in the event of a ransomware attack or data breach. Your IT service provider can explain the options and costs related to these data backup and recovery options.
Tip #5 – Hire an Expert
Keeping up with the ever-changing cybersecurity environment is a full-time job. You can do it yourself if you have the time and experience, or you can hire a full-time cybersecurity expert. However, these skills are both hard-to-find and expensive. A managed service provider with cybersecurity experience has a team of experts to work with you, install the latest endpoint security and VPN tools and monitor your system on a 24/7 basis.
Coleman Technologies provides a full range of cybersecurity services that keep your data and business secure. Our experts provide round-the-clock monitoring and instant notification in case something does happen. Visit our website or call us at (604) 513-9428.