Hack attacks, ransomware and phishing are just some of the cyber crimes against small businesses that can expose them to data theft, extortion or even business failure. There are many steps businesses can take to reduce these risks and potential damage in the event of an attack.
There are lots of different ways criminals attack businesses online. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has categorised the three main cyber threats small businesses face as malware, phishing scams, and ransomware.
Top tips to stay safe online
Prevention is always the best form of protection. Here are some quick wins to help keep yourself and your business safe.
• Turn on automatic software updates – this helps to patch up vulnerabilities and the automatic updates mean you don’t have to think about them.
• Cyber training – teach your team how to identify common cyber scams such as phishing emails.
• Use anti-virus software – this helps protect your data from malware.
• Secure your devices – Use locks or encryption, and regularly back up your files.
• Avoid public wifi – use a secure connection, as information can be easily intercepted on public wifi.
• Regularly back up devices – recovering data can be expensive, so make sure you have your up-to-date documents backed up.
• Switch on multi-factor authentication – provide two or more proofs of identity for better security.
• Use pass phrases rather than passwords – these are easier to remember and harder to crack.
• Create a Cyber Incident Response Plan – don’t wait until it’s too late to create a contingency plan for your business.
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