It’s a horrifying truth that 58% of malware attack victims are small businesses. If you run one, you should know that you’re an at-risk target and make sure you know all you can about the cybersecurity threats you could face.
Fortunately, if you know what to look for, you’ll be able to prevent breaches. Read on to learn five of the greatest security threats out there… and learn how to prevent them.
1. Malicious Software
Malicious software (known colloquially as malware) is a threat to small businesses because it can automatically download onto your computer. It will end up deleting, distorting, and stealing data. They’re dormant until they’re accidentally accessed by clicking a link or running a program, which makes them spread like wildfire.
A colo cage is a great way to fight against malware by preventing it from spreading throughout all your data. Cages serve as walls that separate data so that if one area is breached, other areas will be protected. Check out this option to fight against these programs.
2. Internal Threats
It isn’t fun to think about, but there might be people within your business that want to do you harm. From employees to IT workers, there are people that have the information needed to access your data and get into your computers. If this information falls into the wrong hands? Well, you’re in trouble.
You can fight against these threats by installing monitoring software on company computers as well as blocking websites that might pose threats. This way, you’ll know what employees access what sites and can nip inappropriate behavior in the bud.
Botnets refer to a collection of computers and computer-like systems like Smartphones that all control a specific piece of malware software. This allows malware to be controlled by hackers remotely.
Much like with malware itself, installing a cage around your data will help prevent this from happening. If malware can’t reach your data, it can’t hurt you.
4. Distributed Denial of Service
We’ve all been DDoS’d before, meaning that we were kicked out of a game server or a work website. DDoS is basically an attack that makes an entire server completely unable to function by targeting it on multiple fronts, stopping it from working.
Make sure that you’re monitoring traffic to your servers to help fight against this. Make sure that servers have the capacity to handle spikes in traffic, too, so they don’t get too full and shut off.
5. Deep Web Hacking
If you haven’t heard of the deep and dark web, the bottom line is that it’s a hidden part of the internet that people can access anonymously with special browsers like Tor. It’s no surprise that hackers often lurk here- there’s a lot of personal and private data on the dark web, and hackers can use this to get into small business computers and steal information.
If your business or any of your employees have data on the dark web- and, chances are, they do by no fault of their own- your business might be at risk. Make sure to install appropriate security software and firewalls to all machines… just in case.
Stop Cyber Security Threats
Cybersecurity threats can mean huge trouble for your company. Luckily, though, if you know how to handle them, you can reduce your risk of attack.
Now that you know five of the biggest security threats to your small business, check out the ‘business’ tab on our page! Here, you’ll get more tips on how to keep your data safe.