There are so many things small business owners need to be concerned about daily, from the details of vendor contracts to employee relationships. Hackers are just one more threat leaders must be on the lookout for on a near constant basis.
If a criminal gains access to a firm's system, they could steal business and client data and use it to? their own advantage. This could not only result in financial losses, but the company reputation would likely be irrevocably damaged. However, there are steps that can be taken to ensure this doesn't happen.
Though entrepreneurs might think that their enterprise is too small to even make a blip on a hacker's radar, criminals are increasingly targeting startups because they usually? don't have advanced security features like their larger counterparts. As such, savvy leaders should implement precautionary regulations as soon as possible to protect their firms.
Small companies targeted regularly
According to a recent report from Verizon's forensic analysis unit, 72 percent of all data breaches occur at a company that had less than 100 employees. As such, administrators? need to be vigilant - not only should there be encompassing firewall and antivirus protections network-wide, but workers should know the best practices that need to be taken to personally ensure safety.
That said, a study by Travelers revealed that only 29 percent of small business owners are very confident that they have the right amount of coverage to protect their firms. They may want to consult with third party providers, inquire about protections at a local Small Business Administration office or network with other leaders to discover their strategies. Making sure that mission-critical programs, like accounting software, databases and interoffice communication systems, are safe needs to be mandatory.
Protect owners' computers
Above all others, the leader's computer needs to have the most pervasive protections. If a hacker can gain access to the owner's device, they could potentially change authorizations to shut employees out, allowing criminals to run rampant across the system.
Fox Business reported that these robbers might be specifically targeting owners' computers in 2013, so leaders should make sure to take special precautions beforehand. Additionally, the source said this year, small businesses might come under attack even more, as hackers' attention has shifted significantly to attacking individual computers, rather than entire, often protected, systems.
"A few years ago, virus attacks were designed to spread around the world as fast as possible to infect as many people as possible," Symantec vice president of product delivery, SMB and Cloud Tom Powledge told the news outlet. "Now cyber criminals want to get their viruses? into your environment and have it stay there under the radar for as long as possible."