Earlier in October the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a ring of cyberthieves who stole $70 million in a direct attack on small businesses.
Today I learn that Aweber, perhaps the leading email service provider was successfully hacked and had email lists stolen which are now being spammed.
So when I got these tips on how to protect a small business from cyber attack from AVG Technologies I thought I should share them with you.
- Ensure all computers, file storage and email servers have up-to-date security software installed.
- Construct and document an acceptable-use policy for all computers used for company business.
- Educate staff on the policies and procedures for computer usage and online security, such as downloading technology, non-sanctioned applications, widgets or social media tools from public websites; clicking and sharing suspicious links in email, IM, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking sites; using company e-mails as logins for social networks or for any other personal use.
- Require that all security incidents are promptly reported to a manager or IT officer and take these security issues seriously.
- Ensure regular back-ups are taken of all company files, data, email and other systems.
- Change all passwords regularly, especially when an employee or contractor leaves the company.
- Install or update your Internet security. Don’t have any? AVG recently launched new business products to its offerings, which are easy to install and are designed to be low-maintenance and user friendly.
- Continue to educate your employees about evolving security threats. A potential resource specifically designed to educate small and medium businesses is AVG Technologies’ blog at www.small-business.blog.avg.com.
Unfortunately small businesses are easy targets for cyber attack hackers?
Hackers know small and medium size businesses are inexperienced when it comes to protecting their computer data and server files--- and they take advantage wherever they can.
Small business owners have too much other stuff to do which at the time seems much more important... like attracting customers, chasing money, dealing with staff issues...
As the list shows, a few simple procedures and good practices can make a big difference to how well your business is protected from cyber attack.