Hereâ€™s a statistic that should frighten the owners of small businesses. As outlined by a recent story by Entrepreneur Magazine – the magazine cited data from tech security company Symantec – small businesses with one to 250 employees were the unwilling recipient of 30 percent of all cyber crimes in 2012. What makes this statistic important? It offers proof that small businesses who donâ€™t create a cybersecurity plan are placing themselves at risk of suffering their own cyber attacks.
The Entrepreneur story offers some simple steps all small business owners should employ to safeguard their companies from cyber criminals. The first? Install anti-virus software on your computers. Itâ€™s true that this software wonâ€™t catch every virus that comes your companyâ€™s way. But your computers are easy targets if you donâ€™t have anti-virus software installed on them.
You should also teach your employees e-mail skills. Specifically, you should teach them which e-mail messages that they need to delete. We all receive plenty of suspicious e-mail messages, and a lot of of them now originate from senders whom we recognize. The key is to avoid those that somehow donâ€™t look right. Staff members also need to understand that if they open an e-mail that ends up being suspicious they need to immediately delete it, and they mustn’t click on any links.
Entrepreneur also recommends that business owners use firewalls to protect their inbound and outbound network traffic. Firewalls can keep hackers from tapping into a small business’ network. Firewalls can also block employees from accessing potentially dangerous Web sites.