“In 2019, 43% of breach victims were small businesses.” (Verizon)
The New Year should not only be a time for personal improvement, goal setting and reflection. It's also the perfect time to focus on the past, present and future of your small business. With the increase in cyber-attacks on vulnerable small businesses, 2020 is the year to protect your organization and your customers from preventable threats.
A cyber attack can spell disaster for a small business. The average preventable attack costs a business $38,000 and months of recovery time — but you can take steps to minimize damage and help prevent future attacks by following these resolutions:
- Backup – No matter how small or large your business, the data it stores is vital. One attack can cost you your data, with devastating consequences. Back up historical data and set up future automated backups. Backups also ensure peace of mind - not only is your data secure, but it’s also accessible in the case of a hardware or software failure.
- Update your Systems – Hackers often take advantage of widely known exploits that have been left open because you haven’t applied the latest patches. To combat these exploits, ensure your systems are up to date on all patches.
- Refresh Passwords – New Year’s is the perfect time to refresh all your passwords. We recommend using unique passwords for every system. To ensure the quality of your passwords, use a mix of special characters, numbers and letters. Password keepers that are native to your operating system aren’t always the safest option, nor is keeping them on a spreadsheet or post-it. Try a password keeper that double encrypts your passwords and lets you know which ones are possibly compromised.
- Security - Studies show that more than 50% of small and medium businesses fall victim to cyber-attacks. But with the right security in place, every small business can stay protected against all kinds of attacks, from ransomware to Advanced Persistent Threats.
Bitdefender’s GravityZone Business Security and GravityZone Advanced Business Security are all-in-one security solutions that provide high performance and protection while delivering centralized management, easy deployment and the freedom to choose between a cloud or an on-premise hosted management console.
See about the top threats of 2019 and learn what to expect in 2020 at Bitdefender’s 2020 Cybersecurity Predictions on-demand webinar.
We address hot topics ranging from the evolution of ransomware, file-less malware and cryptocurrency miners, to recent vulnerabilities in both software and hardware. We also discuss lessons learned from 2019’s top cybersecurity incidents.