How Secure is Your Network? Ask the Internet Security Experts
Owners of small businesses today have to know that they are wearing targets on their backs. Why? About 3 out of 4 websites have vulnerabilities that make them easy pickings for hackers. When asked, only 14% of small business owners believe that they are able to effectively limit the risks of cyber attacks. That implies that 86% of entrepreneurs realize that their network security isn’t good enough.
There are 5 common reasons for inadequate network security.
1. Security Breaches Only Happen to Someone Else
Every year the number of cyber attacks increases. Businesses in the U.S. are the world’s #1 target. About half of all businesses had at least one cyber attack in the last 12 months. To put this in perspective, the national average for home break-ins is 1 in 36 or about 3%. You probably have good locks on your doors and a security system including video cameras and motion detectors.
The chances of the theft of business data is many times higher and the data is worth a lot more than a big-screen TV. Is your network security good enough to protect your bank account, proprietary data and customer records?
2. Security is an IT Responsibility
Top management must view network security as an organizational priority, not just an IT responsibility. High standards must be established at all levels, including secure passwords and restricted access to sensitive areas or data.
3. Antivirus Software Provides Enough Protection
Relying solely on antivirus software and a firewall is like hiring a mall cop as a bodyguard. It takes a multi-layered approach including data encryption. Experienced internet security experts who are aware of current threats can assist with establishing necessary security measures.
4. Regular Security Updates Don’t Matter
At the minimum, network security requires secure and regularly changed passwords and implementation of software patches and updates. Disaster recovery plans and regular backups stored offsite are critical.
5. 24/7 Monitoring isn’t Necessary
24/7 monitoring is essential for complete protection. Consider what’s at stake if a hacker seized control of your system and held it for ransom. This type of threat has become very common. Whether ransom is paid or not, these attacks can be very destructive.
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