One in three small businesses wouldn’t know what to do if they came under attack over the net, according to a new survey by a security solutions expert.
The report by Kaspersky took into account responses from businesses with less than 25 employees including hairdressers, doctors’ surgeries and law firms. Around half of the businesses surveyed admitted that they’d struggle to recover lost data.
Results from the study suggest that small businesses are not serious enough about the safety of their online data. All those surveyed were under the impression their businesses were too small to come under cyber attack, or that there was nothing worth stealing.
This is untrue however, as even the smallest businesses take information such as payment, name and address details and more. In fact, an FSB report found that 41 percent of micro firms were victims of cyber crime last year alone.
In a recent report the FSB stated: “Cyber attacks upon small businesses are all the more devastating as they often have limited resources and personnel, making it much more difficult to recover once an attack has taken place on the security of their data.”
What can SMEs take from this information?
As a small business owner you should be as vigilant in your online security practices as larger organisations. In 2013, the cost of fraud loss for SMEs alone came to £20 billion.
There are several actions you can take to increase your business’ online security.
1. Ensure you have adequate anti-virus software installed as well as the necessary firewalls
2. Consider cloud-based data storage
3. Encrypt data sticks
4. Password-protect devices, making sure passwords are complex and include numbers, letters and characters where possible
Is your business protected against cyber crime? Talk to the team at JDM Computing for further information about how we can help.
If your business relies on its computer systems for anything from e-commerce to admin, you’ll be well aware of the importance of computer security. Hacking is unfortunately something that can and does happen in a business environment, and it’s something you need to keep tabs on to ensure your sensitive client data and files are kept safe.
The best way to keep your IT secure is to ensure it’s kept locked down with things like firewalls and antivirus protection – and having an IT support company on hand can help you feel doubly secure if any internet nasties do get through.
In some situations it’s difficult to know whether you’ve been a victim of hacking but here are 5 things to look out for that often mean your security has been compromised:
1. Frequent pop-ups – especially lots and lots of browser pop-ups from websites that don’t usually generate them.
2. A moving cursor that moves by itself and makes correct selections – sometimes hardware problems can cause a cursor to move randomly and erratically but it won’t make correct choices on your screen.
3. Your friends receive fake emails from you – check with your friends whether they are actually coming from your email address or a fake one. If they’re from your real email address your computer or social media account could have been compromised.
4. Fake antivirus messages – a fake antivirus scan will no doubt find loads of “viruses”, lead you to a website and offer a solution that’ll get rid of these internet nasties. All you have to do is put your credit card details in (and you can guess what happens next.)
5. Money goes missing from your bank account – usually in large sums. You can prevent this by ensuring you have transaction alerts in place on your account that let you know when unexpected activity occurs.
At JDM Computing we can help you ensure your systems are protected as comprehensively as possible – and get everything back up and running in the event something does go wrong. To get you started with your online security, this month we’re offering free anti-virus for new customers.
Contact the JDM team for further information.
Last month a security flaw was found in Internet Explorer, leaving millions of computer users vulnerable to hackers. People with versions six to 11 of the Microsoft browser were advised to use alternative options until the bug was fixed in mid-May. Half of the world’s computers have the browser installed.
The security flaw meant hackers were able to change passwords and access the accounts of victims. Microsoft confirmed it has detected “limited, targeted attacks” in the browser.
This warning came just a few weeks after the Heartbleed Bug, which affected two thirds of the world’s websites including Amazon, Google and Facebook. Millions of computer users around the globe were warned to change their passwords, while firms quickly made defensive fixes against the bug. It had been undetected for two years.
These are just a couple of high profile examples of the many security risks associated with working online. But with so much of our personal and professional endeavours now taking place on PCs and other devices connected to the internet, not using them is an impossibility.
It is imperative your business does everything possible to mitigate the risk of hack attack, virus and data loss because not doing so could cost you dearly. In 2013, the Ponemon Institute found the average consolidated data breach had increased from $130 to $136 per record. By not adequately protecting your online information, you could easily rack up an enormous bill.
To help you protect your business computing, at JDM Computing we’re offering free installation of anti virus software to our clients during June 2014. This provides a line of defence against hack attacks and virus, allowing you to close a number of potential security leaks. Don’t delay, get your hands on this limited offer today. Quite simply, it’s something no business should be without.
To get your free anti virus software, talk to the JDM Computing team today.