If you’re reading this now then you know 2017 kicks off in less than 2 weeks and this is around the time businesses try to meet their end of the year sales goals, evaluate their employees performance and that of the companies as well and prepare their records for local, state and federal payroll. Some may not be thinking about the new year that’s around the corner because they’re too busy focusing on other responsibilities that need to be taken care of. Businesses require weekly self improvement activities every now in then within the business in order to maintain a sustainable growth.

      As of now one of the biggest things businesses should be focused on this year for next year is IT cyber security. Hacking activity has resulted in identity and email theft, plagiarism of intellectual work and cyber attacks. In 2014 44% of small businesses have experienced cyber attacks and as of 2015 has cost over $ 15 million dollars in damages to American small businesses. Small businesses with less than 100 employees statistically have the highest rates of cyber attacks which gives more reasons as to why 2017 should be the year you should be prepared.

Tips How To Be Protect Your Business From Cyber Attack

  • )Create a security IT policy and incorporate it into your company’s organizational culture. The policy should cover every contingencies for any risk that could threaten your business. When creating one you should keep in mind of any new risk. For those in the finance industry this step should be taken with special consideration.
  • )Next you should train everyone that works in your business about all the protocols regarding how they use electronics so you don’t become vulnerable. This should include creating strong passwords and what do in the event of a data breach. Always remember to update programs as well.
  • )You make sure you install the latest in web protection tools like anti-malware and virus protection, firewalls and the software equipped with dealing with cyber threats. Some hackers are able to get through Wi-Fi systems through a technique called “wardriving” in wireless networks. Wired networks though less efficient requires manually using a plug or hack modem ports making them more secure but if wireless networks are mandatory you can disable the service set identifier (SSID) broadcasting function on the wireless router creating a hidden network.
  • )Encrypt any valuable information you have which can be done through turning on full-disk encryption tools that already exist in most operating systems. This process is very quick and it encrypts all information in any file however this technique is only applicable when you’re logged out leaving you vulnerable to cyber attacks but with other systems in place the chances are much lower. The encryption tool for both Macs and PC’s are FileVault and Bitlocker respectively.
  • )Always have system back ups running at least once a week so you don’t risk all your data being compromised either to your hard drive or in the Cloud. If you want to make sure your systems stay safe you can always monitor it one way is through installation of monitoring software like data-leakage prevention that monitors any specific information coming out of your internal network and can be configured to monitor anything relevant tot your business.

This articled was sourced and rewritten from http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/ct-ptb-hoagland-smith-cyber-st-1107-20161104-story.html