How Seriously Should a Business Take Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity‌ ‌is‌ ‌essential‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌survival‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌business.‌ ‌Without‌ ‌the‌ ‌protection‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌offered‌ ‌under‌ ‌cybersecurity,‌ ‌your‌ ‌business‌ ‌would‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌over‌ ‌a‌ ‌long‌ ‌time‌ ‌ago.‌ ‌Hackers‌ ‌largely‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌care‌ ‌who‌ ‌they‌ ‌hurt‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌process‌ ‌when‌ ‌they‌ ‌release‌ ‌information‌ ‌about‌ ‌your‌ ‌business‌ ‌and‌ about‌ your‌ ‌clients.‌ ‌

They‌ ‌do‌ ‌it‌ ‌to‌ ‌sink‌ ‌your‌ ‌business,‌ ‌damage‌ ‌your‌ ‌reputation‌ ‌beyond‌ ‌repair,‌ ‌and‌ ‌in‌ ‌some‌ ‌cases‌ ‌get‌ ‌revenge‌ ‌for‌ ‌something.‌ ‌But,‌ ‌you‌ ‌can’t‌ ‌let‌ ‌this‌ ‌happen‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌business,‌ ‌which‌ ‌means‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌put‌ ‌the‌ ‌correct‌ ‌precautions‌ ‌in‌ ‌place‌ ‌now.‌ ‌

Why‌ ‌Take‌ ‌Cybersecurity‌ ‌Seriously?‌ ‌

Cybersecurity‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌thing‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌standing‌ ‌between‌ ‌your‌ ‌business,‌ ‌and‌ ‌someone‌ ‌trying‌ ‌to‌ ‌gain‌ ‌information‌ ‌from‌ ‌it.‌ ‌Firewalls,‌ ‌encryptions,‌ ‌password‌ ‌managers,‌ ‌anti-virus‌ ‌software,‌ ‌anti-malware‌ ‌software‌ ‌and‌ ‌so‌ ‌much‌ ‌more‌ ‌are‌ ‌used‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌daily‌ ‌basis‌ ‌to‌ ‌protect‌ ‌businesses‌ ‌from‌ ‌people‌ ‌who‌ ‌would‌ ‌use‌ ‌their‌ ‌information‌ ‌for‌ ‌malicious‌ ‌intent.‌ ‌

However,‌ ‌cybercrime‌ ‌is‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌rise,‌ ‌and‌ ‌if‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌not‌ ‌taking‌ ‌this‌ ‌seriously,‌ ‌then‌ ‌your‌ ‌business‌ ‌is‌ ‌in‌ ‌danger.‌ ‌Now,‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌ever,‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌essential‌ ‌that‌ ‌your‌ ‌business‌ ‌is‌ ‌taking‌ ‌the‌ ‌proper‌ ‌precautions‌ ‌to‌ ‌stay‌ ‌safe.‌ ‌ ‌

Humans‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ ‌weak‌ ‌link‌ ‌when‌ ‌it‌ ‌comes‌ ‌to‌ ‌cybersecurity,‌ ‌either out of ignorance,‌ or by ‌ignoring‌ ‌the‌ ‌things‌ ‌they‌ ‌know‌ ‌they‌ could ‌be‌ ‌doing.‌ ‌If‌ ‌you‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌know‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌professional‌ ‌on‌ ‌your‌ ‌side,‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌hire‌ ‌‌managed‌ ‌cybersecurity‌‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌care‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌needs‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌area.‌ ‌ ‌

Stop‌ ‌Skipping‌ ‌Updates‌ ‌

It’s‌ ‌so‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌click‌ ‌‘postpone’‌ ‌when‌ ‌it‌ ‌comes‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌updates‌ ‌for‌ ‌your‌ ‌business‌ ‌technology.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌every‌ ‌time‌ ‌you‌ ‌do‌ ‌this‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌leaving‌ ‌your‌ ‌business‌ ‌just‌ ‌that‌ ‌little‌ ‌bit‌ ‌more‌ ‌vulnerable‌ than‌ ‌it‌ ‌was‌ ‌before.‌ ‌

Updates‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌sent‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌device‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌reason,‌ ‌and‌ ‌nine‌ ‌times‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌ten‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌because‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌upgrade‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌update.‌ ‌If‌ ‌you‌ ‌skip‌ ‌over‌ ‌it,‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌weakening‌ ‌your‌ ‌device‌ ‌and‌ ‌giving‌ ‌cyber‌ ‌criminals‌ ‌more‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌business.‌ ‌

As‌ ‌such,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌important‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌complete‌ ‌cybersecurity‌ ‌demands‌ ‌as‌ ‌much‌ ‌as‌ ‌you‌ ‌can.‌ ‌You‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌your‌ ‌cybersecurity‌ ‌seriously,‌ ‌otherwise‌ you put ‌your‌ ‌business‌ at risk.‌ ‌

Don’t‌ ‌Open‌ ‌Spam‌ ‌Emails‌ ‌

Something‌ ‌else‌ ‌to‌ ‌think‌ ‌about‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌use‌ ‌of‌ ‌spam‌ ‌emails.‌ ‌If‌ ‌someone‌ ‌wants‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌business,‌ ‌or‌ ‌they‌ ‌want‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌business‌ ‌account‌ ‌of‌ ‌yours,‌ ‌they‌ ‌may‌ ‌send‌ ‌you‌ ‌a‌ ‌spam‌ ‌email.‌ 

‌In‌ ‌this‌ ‌email‌ ‌there‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌link‌ ‌to take you ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌fake‌ ‌website‌ ‌and‌ ‌ask‌ ‌for‌ ‌your‌ ‌details.‌ ‌This‌ ‌is‌ ‌called‌ ‌phishing‌ ‌and‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌common‌ ‌type‌ ‌of‌ ‌cyber‌ ‌attack,‌ ‌with‌ ‌almost‌ ‌71%‌ ‌of‌ ‌phishing‌ ‌attacks‌ ‌being‌ ‌aimed‌ ‌at‌ ‌small‌ ‌businesses.‌ ‌

You‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌understand‌ ‌that‌ ‌opening‌ ‌these‌ ‌links‌ ‌puts‌ ‌your‌ ‌business‌ ‌in‌ ‌danger,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌goes‌ ‌for‌ ‌any‌ ‌kind‌ ‌of‌ ‌attachment‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌recognize.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌especially‌ ‌important‌ ‌to‌ ‌avoid‌ ‌an‌ ‌attachment‌ ‌over‌ ‌10MB‌, as that’s a very common method for downloading malware onto your computer.

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Chris Turn