Safeguard your business against cyber threats with business computer security from SpecTronics in Wimbledon. We’ll ensure your IT systems are secured with round the clock monitoring and 24-hour support.
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Today, cyber attacks on small businesses are becoming increasingly common. Ransomware, phishing and other types of cyber threats are getting more sophisticated and problematic. Small businesses are often targeted because they do not have the expertise or resources to protect themselves.
If you run a small business it’s vital to invest in business computer security. Not only anti-malware software, you also need to take important measures to reduce known security vulnerabilities, training employees and preparing for the worst-case scenario. SpecTronics can devise an effective security strategy for your business – helping to avoid costly cyber attacks.
Reducing Security Vulnerabilities
There’s a number of ways you can address vulnerabilities and help protect your IT system against cyber attacks. The measures you can take include:
Many applications and operating system software have known security vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities unveil a crack for cybercriminals to slip through and access your computer systems. Once in, they’ll install a malicious code. This is why you should update your software regularly – newly released patches eliminate cracks in your computer systems.
Computers, printers, routers and other hardware devices include firmware – software that gives a device its functionality. Firmware also contains vulnerabilities, so it’s important to patch your devices’ firmware whenever the device manufacturers release an update.
Over time, software vendors stop supporting older operating system software and applications. This means they don’t provide any security updates. Cybercriminals keep track of when versions of popular applications reach their end of support. When the expiry date comes, cybercriminals launch new attacks, targeting the unsupported software. Sometimes, they stockpile malware until the end-of-support date and then set it loose. As a result, your business is more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Our experienced team conduct vulnerability analysis to identify security issues leaving your business susceptible to cyber attacks. Once identified, we can work with you to address those vulnerabilities and reduce risk.
Other Preventative Measures
By educating employees, they can spot the attacks rather than fall victim to them. Phishing, spear phishing and social engineering should be at the top of your list of topics to cover.
Phishing emails are used by cybercriminals to obtain login credentials and other sensitive information. They use this information to steal money and data from businesses. Although people are now more aware of phishing, the attacks are still effective because of the emails growing sophistication.
The emails often contain numerous misspellings and grammatical errors. They might tell stories of how you’ve won the lottery etc. These days, cybercriminals are increasingly posing as legitimate companies, creating emails that look almost identical to real ones sent by those organisations. Cybercriminals sometimes personalise the email so it includes your name and other information about you – a tactic referred to as spear phishing.
To spot a phishing or spear phishing attack, look out for these signs:
- A deceptive email address in the “From” section. At first glance, the email may seem legitimate. For instance, cybercriminals might send out an email message using the address “[email protected]” instead of the real “[email protected]” address.
- A request to update or verify information. Cybercriminals often get sensitive information by posing as a legitimate financial institution.
- There’s a sense of urgency in the email. This is a common tactic in a phishing or spear phishing scam. The cybercriminals let you know about a problem that requires your attention. Then, they say there’ll be unfortunate consequences if you don’t take action quickly.
- A deceptive URL. A deceptive URL is one in which the actual URL does not match the displayed linked text or web address. For example, the displayed text might specify a legitimate bank name (“Chase”) or bank web address (“www.chase.com”), but when you hover your cursor over it (without clicking it), you might discover that the actual URL leads to a website in a foreign country known for cyber attacks.
- An attachment. Cybercriminals sometimes use email attachments to install malware on computers. Many different types of files can contain malicious code, including PDF files and Microsoft Word documents.
It’s also important to note the risks associated with clicking an email link or opening an email attachment, especially if the email is from an unknown source. You also need to let employees know what they should do if they receive a suspicious email e.g. simply delete it, notify someone about it.
Conning is another tactic used by cybercriminals. This is referred to as social engineering. Hackers like to use social engineering attacks because exploiting human behaviour is usually easier than hacking security and computer systems.
While social engineering attacks typically occur via email (a.k.a. spear phishing emails), they can also occur over the phone and in person. The cybercriminals often masquerade as employees, but they also might pretend to be suppliers, customers, or even trusted outside authority figures (e.g. firefighters, auditors).
Cybercriminals learn your business’s lingo. When cybercriminals use the terms that employees are accustomed to hearing, the employees are more apt to believe them and do what they ask.
Cybercriminals also search the web for more information that can help them in their personations. They obtain this information from LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media sites. So it’s important to discuss what employees post on social media. It might become fodder for a sophisticated spear phishing attack.
With some online accounts, all it takes to reset a password is an email address and the correct answer to a security question. If cybercriminals are able to reset an account’s password, they gain full access to that account. Our team can share their vast knowledge about cyber attacks with your employees. Armed with this information, your employees can present a formidable line of defence against cyber attacks.
Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario
Cybercriminals are constantly devising new ways to attack businesses. That’s why it’s important to prepare for the worst-case scenario and have a data backup strategy. While having backup copies of your data and systems will not prevent a cyber attack, it can mitigate the effects of one. For example, if your business becomes the victim of a ransomware attack, you won’t have to pay the ransom to get your data back. We can develop a data backup strategy and test it to make sure your information can be restored in case your company is attacked.
Protect Your Business
Cybercriminals are always using the latest more sophisticated malware systems. That’s why relying solely on anti-malware software to protect your business is risky, as it takes a while for vendors to update their anti-malware software to defend against the new programs and new strains.
After conducting an in-depth security assessment, our security experts can recommend other measures you can take to protect your business from cybercriminals. We can also help train your employees so that they can spot cyber attacks rather than fall victim to them.