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3 Ways to Prevent Your Business from Becoming the Victim of Hackers

Anica Oaks

August 14, 2019

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Many business owners don’t realize that 43 percent of all cyberattacks are against small businesses, and a single breach could quickly drive a company into the ground. While you will never be able to make your business completely impervious to hackers, taking a few preventative steps will greatly reduce your risk of becoming a victim of those crimes.

Thoroughly Train Your Employees

No matter what type of security software you have, a single mistake made by an employee could still wreak havoc on your system. Whenever you hire a new employee, you should spend at least a little bit of time teaching them about the basics of internet security. That includes how to create strong passwords and what types of links to avoid. They should also be taught that they must never download any file unless it is from a trusted source and the file has been verified. Many data breaches are the result of unaware employees clicking on random links in their emails.

Keep Your Software Updated

Digital security is essentially a game of cat and mouse, and the criminals are often one step ahead of the security experts. When a new exploit is found, the software developers must come up with a patch to remove that potential threat. That is one of the reasons why many of the most popular programs and apps are updated multiple times a month. To protect your company’s sensitive data, you should establish a regular update schedule. If you don’t have a dedicated IT department, then you might need to manually update all of your devices and software once or twice a week.

Move Sensitive Data Offsite

Cybercriminals might not even consider attacking your business if your data is hidden behind multiple layers of security, and that is why some businesses have transitioned to cloud services. A company that specializes in Oracle managed services will be able to help you migrate your data to a cloud server and then protect it with some of the best security software in the world. Many of those companies also utilize redundant systems, and your data isn’t going to be permanently lost if a breach does occur.

These few tips are a great start, but you might want to consider hiring a data security expert as well. One of those experts can audit your business’s system and help you come up with a comprehensive security strategy if any potential risks are found.


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