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What Are the Best Practices to Prevent a Cyber Attack?

March 11th, 2020 by admin

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The threat of a cyber-attack is ever-present for businesses and individuals alike. From Experian to Target, there have been numerous data breaches recently. These breaches compromised millions of people's sensitive data, and negatively impacted the public perception of the companies. Businesses large and small need to take a proactive approach to ensure the safety of their data networks. One in five small to medium-sized businesses will suffer a cyber-attack, and 60% of the companies that suffer a breach will go out of business within six months. Here are five steps to take to keep your business protected.

  1. Employee Training. Human error is one of the biggest causes of data breaches. Hackers will target employees with Phishing attacks, which are designed to look like legitimate emails from businesses. The fraudulent emails will request username or password information or may contain a link to click. Having robust employee training to teach them what to look for will ensure your company avoids these scams.
  2. Two-Factor Authentication. With two-factor authentication, your employees will enter their username and password, and then a code will be sent to their phone. This extra step can keep your business protected since the hacker won't have access to your employee's text messages.
  3. Anti-Virus Software. Your company will need to update its cybersecurity software to ensure you have the most up-to-date protection. Take the time to install any pending updates from your cybersecurity software and any operating system updates. In addition to the previous steps, your company should always be evaluating the effectiveness of your security and company practices. Using DeceptionGrid is a great choice as it offers high-quality protection for your network.
  4. Conduct Audits. Conducting an audit of your security systems will let you know where any vulnerabilities are. Knowledge is power, and if you are informed of your weaknesses, you can take the necessary steps to ensure those areas are strengthened.
  5. Use Strong Passwords. Your passwords should use a mix of symbols, letters, and numbers and be at least 12 characters long. Try not to use names, addresses, or any other information that may be accessible through a quick internet search. Favorite phrases or song lyrics are a quality choice.

Protecting your company and your customer's sensitive information is imperative to the success of your company. If your company needs help with its cybersecurity or has questions regarding best practices, contact CA Communications. We have cybersecurity solutions to ensure your company remains safe from data breaches.

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