If your company has a website, someone has tried to hack it today. Someone will try tomorrow. In fact, every day, your business is under threat from cybercrime. 

According to McAfee, the global cost of cybercrime is $600 million a year. 

The last thing that you want is for your business to be contributing to that growing total. 

But aside from installing security software on all of your machines, how do you protect yourself from these growing threats?

Let’s explore how you can ensure your business is protected online

Understand the Threats

Every sector has its own specific threats. For example, the healthcare industry is often targeted for the quality and amount of patient data hackers could steal. This data could be exploited and patient identities could be stolen and credit taken out in their names. 

Of course, every sector has potential threats that you need to consider, though if you carry a large amount of customer data, then it will be worth attempting to break your systems. 

Understanding how hackers will gain access to your systems is essential in making sure that you have the right type of protection in place. 

Hackers may use brute force attacks, look for insecurities in your systems, or they may even con your employees into giving away login details to gain front door access to your systems. 

Use a Managed Service Provider

Every business big or small is under attack from hackers. Smaller businesses may attract attention because they may be easy prey. Whereas, a major business offers much greater pickings. 

Having the right support will help you to mitigate any potential threats. 

Managed IT services such as eSudo will carry out 24/7 monitoring on all of your systems. This will allow them to identify any security issues and deal with them as they emerge. 

Regular checks on your systems will identify any vulnerabilities and your managed service provider will be able to remedy this with a suitable patch immediately. 

Team Training 

Make cybersecurity an important element within your employee training program. Teach your staff about the common forms of attack and how to spot them. 

By educating your team about how phishing emails work, for example, may prevent employees from unwittingly handing over essential login details. 

Use Biometric and Multi-Factor Logins

The more complex your site is to gain access to, the less likely hackers will get in. 

On all of your logins, use multi-factor or biometric data to make it harder for your system to be compromised by intruders entering the front door. 

While asking secondary questions such as ‘where did you go to school?’ can help, this information can often be phished for too. 

Using biometrics such as fingerprint or facial recognition will mean that only one person can ever access the account at all. Of course, this technology may be expensive, but the amount of money it would save you should you ever be attacked would more than make up for it.

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