Keeping hackers away from firms is of the utmost importance
July 12, 2012
Small business owners may have the idea that because larger corporation have more money, they are often more attractive targets for hackers. This, however, is not always the case - because smaller firms have less money on average, they often don't spend as much as big companies on security. Therefore, their protections may be less strong.
Leaders of companies have to craft their small business technology to include security features like firewalls, virus scans, pop-up blockers and other preventative pieces of software. Otherwise, they risk a hacker tapping into their internet network, financial and client records, lines of credit and other information that could spell disaster if made vulnerable.
There are multiple steps leaders of companies with a smaller workforce can take to ensure their business is safe. Though funds are extremely important when a business is just starting out, security tools will pay for themselves, particularly if threatened.
Invest in software
One of the easiest things a small business owner can do is invest in software that scans for errors or viruses within their systems. Small Biz Technology noted leaders should purchase both antivirus and antimalware software - they are separate entities that scan for different types of threats, so both are important.
The source reported backups should also accompany regularly scheduled scans. In the chance the system is hacked and data stolen, the company could be rendered completely useless if all of the necessary information is missing.
Guard against website hackers
Business websites are a common tool hackers use to tap into the entire company, Entrepreneur Magazine explained. This can irrevocably tarnish the reputation of the company, as it is the consumer who is usually affected by this relatively common tactic. The magazine said hackers often infect visitors with malware, use data grabbers to steal information or lure them to dangerous websites.
Entrepreneur suggested owners should make sure their security software coverage is always up-to-date and apply security patches immediately whenever a vulnerability is discovered. Once an issue is discovered, the magazine advised, owners should take care to remove the criminals' code, or they risk reinfestation.
Consider fraud insurance
Though businesses have to account for many expenses, they should consider investing in fraud insurance that would help if a hacker is able to break through to financial accounts. The New York Times reported that most financial institutions don't offer protections against unauthorized payments from business accounts, and can do nothing unless the owner has activated this type of insurance.
The source noted that owners have to investigate the right type of business insurance for them - some riders only cover employee-related issues, while others guard against cybercrime and unauthorized bank actions.