Do you leave the doors and windows to your house unlocked? How about your car? Of course not! That would be crazy. So why then don’t more people lock up their business from the threat of cybercriminals? Making sure you have proper tools and practices in place to protect the storage, backup, and access of your documents is essential to the continued success of your business.

It feels like almost everyday another company is hacked, more data is stolen, and more and more people are concerned about privacy. (GDPR, anyone?). With the rising threat of cybercrime now it is more important than ever to ensure you’re protected from the worst.

Did you know that…?

69% of small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Ontario reported having experienced a cyberattack within the past 12 months, costing on average $15,000 per attack.

83% of SMBs do not have a cyber security plan in place. Developing a cyber security plan should be a priority for any business. A cyber security plan will identify what assets need to be secured, what threats and risks to focus on, and which safeguards to implement — all in order of priority.

To help get you started, here are 6 tips that I think can help you reduce your risk to an attack:

1.     Business Class Firewalls to block attempts to compromise your system

2.     Managed anti-virus program. Not updating is as good as not having it at all

3.     Automate Patches and Updates. There are security features in these updates

4.     Educate users on acceptable use guidelines for web browsing and email. This is where most attacks gain access

5.     Back-Up often and test regularly. This is your recovery path!

6.     If you suspect you have been breached, disconnect from the network or internet and call MicroAge!

What do you do to keep your business safe? Do you have suggestions? What are some best practices you’re implementing? Let us know in the comments! And as always, feel free to reach out with any questions you might have.

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