6 Signs Your Business is at Risk for a Cybersecurity Attack
#1 – You’re still running Windows 7
The Windows 7 operating system has reached its end-of-life status, and is no longer being supported by Microsoft. If you are still using Windows 7 for business, especially if you’re using it for banking or email, you are at huge risk for attack, and no further updates for security patching is available.
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#2 – Minimal cybersecurity awareness training
Many of the most common cybersecurity problems occur due to human error: clicking on a malicious web link, accidentally opening an infected attachment, or providing confidential information to a hacker posing as a co-worker or executive. Simple yet comprehensive training on what to look for and avoid via email, password policies, web browsing protection, and how to recognize social engineering can make a big impact.
Cybersecurity awareness training will immediately increase your employees’ awareness levels and give them the practical skills needed to better protect your business from the dangers of data breaches, network attacks, and ransomware threats.
#3 – Improper company device usage and remote workers
Basic bad habits such as leaving your computer unlocked and unattended could put you at risk for an attack. Leaving laptops or company issues phones or tablets in a parked vehicle could have unintended consequences.
Personal email and web browsing activities on company devices increase phishing susceptibility.
Connecting to unsecured or “free” wifi with a company device opens the possibility to data breaches. It’s important to have company policies in writing and acknowledged by each employee.
#4 – Unsecure data transportation and storage
Data is arguably the most valuable assets to a business, though few companies properly store, transmit or backup their data safely. Data can be encrypted in one of three states: at rest, in use, and in transit. Each of these requires its own set of security protocols and best practices.
To fully protect your data from security threats and data breaches, you need flexible, yet effective data security policies that address concerns such as protection of sensitive data, suspicious user behavior, and compliance.
#5 – Neglecting security with short cuts or budget concerns
Leaving your password written on a post-it by your computer defeats the point of a password. Additionally, if you’re not changing your password regularly, you could be at further risk.
Don’t cut the budget for cybersecurity or employee training. Smart cybersecurity and managed IT service providers focus on prevention, as your budget should reflect. Don’t rely on reactive spending in the case of a breach; facing a cyberattack is costly. Focus on lowering your risk.
#6 – Failing to update and patch services
Don’t ignore notifications to update software. Regular updates often patch newly discovered security vulnerabilities, fixes bugs, improves performance and compatibility.
For more information on risks and prevention, contact 46Solutions for a free IT consultation.
Crystal Newton is the marketing manager for 46Solutions. Originally from Bardstown, Kentucky, Crystal is a graduate from Transylvania University. She is currently a Director on the Board of Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, a Rotarian, and chosen as Ambassador of the Year for Commerce Lexington in 2020. She enjoys bourbon, running, and spending time with her family.