Cybersecurity Tips to Keep Your Business Safe

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15 June 2020

Cybercrime is a very real and rapidly growing threat. Today, cyber threats are one of the top concerns of modern global business leaders.

Cybercrime is a very real and rapidly growing threat. Today, cyber threats are one of the top concerns of modern global business leaders. Unfortunately, this threat is still not being effectively addressed. While leaders in specific industries—such as law, technology, banking, and insurance—have expressed the most concern over cybersecurity risks, it is clear that businesses across all industries have begun to recognize what is at stake if cybersecurity is not taken more seriously.

Contrary to popular belief, a majority of cybercrime victims are small businesses. In fact, at least 60% of small businesses can expect to be hacked in any given calendar year. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to protect your small business from cyberthreats. Here are some cybersecurity tips to keep your business safe.

Install Antivirus Software
An antivirus acts as a basic line of defense against security attacks. There are many free and effective antivirus programs available today, so there’s really no reason for you to not install one. If you have a little leeway with your cybersecurity budget, you can consider opting for a premium antivirus plan, which will provide more advanced security measures. Premium plans usually include security against malware, viruses, spyware, and adware, and they may even throw in email virus scanning and protection.

Encrypt Information
Encryption is an integral tool when it comes to protecting your data and privacy. Encryption is a process that protects data by scrambling it via code so that it can only be accessed by those who have the “key” to the code. Essentially, encrypting your information ensures that it remains restricted to those intended to have access—and no one else.

Learning basic encryption and encouraging your employees to do the same can significantly decrease the odds of a data breach. Today, most email suites come with an included encryption feature, so take the time to explore it, then use it for online communications. There are also multiple how-to articles, free courses, and other resources that detail various encryption protocols available online. It is definitely worth your time to peruse these and develop this increasingly useful skill.

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