We need to be prepared for cyber threats.
The Internet has become an invaluable resource in both our personal and professional lives. We have access to more information than ever. With this added accessibility comes a great deal of risk and added responsibility. Cyber threats are real. They don’t just happen to someone else, they can happen to you. That is why Optivon, Inc. has joined forces with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign- Stop. Think. Connect.
The Campaign’s objective is to help you become more aware of growing threats and arm you with tools. Many small businesses may not have all the resources they need to have a strong cybersecurity posture. By implementing simple cybersecurity practices throughout the organizations, small business can safeguard their information and data for increased profits.
Did You Know?
• 44 percent of small businesses reported being the victim of a cyber attack, with an average cost of approximately $9,000 per attack.
• Nearly 59 percent of U.S. small and medium-sized businesses do not have a contingency plan that outlines procedures for responding to and reporting data breach losses.
- Make sure all of your organization’s computers are equipped with antivirus software and antispyware. This software should be updated regularly.
- Secure your Internet connection by using a firewall, encrypt information, and hide your Wi- Fi network.
- Establish security practices and policies to protect sensitive information.
- Educate employees about cyber threats and how to protect your organization’s data. Hold employees accountable to the Internet security policies and procedures.
- Require employees to use strong passwords and to change them often.
- Invest in data loss protection software, use encryption technologies to protect data in transit, and use two-factor authentication where possible.
- Protect all pages on your public-facing websites, not just the checkout and sign-up pages.
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