In the past, small businesses were not targeted anywhere near as much for cyber-attacks as their larger counterparts were. This is because larger businesses were viewed by hackers as having bigger bank accounts, and higher volumes of sensitive data that could be stolen.
However, over the past six or seven years, smaller businesses have begun to be targeted more by hackers. In fact, there were 300 percent more cyber-attacks on small businesses in 2012 than there were in 2011.
Why small businesses have become targets
Small businesses have become targets because they often do not possess anywhere near as much security as larger businesses do. Also, a lot of small businesses use cloud technology that is not extremely protected.
Further, many hackers view small businesses as a possible point of entry to breach larger businesses. This is because many small businesses have larger businesses, or even Fortune 500 companies as clients. So, hackers may hack the small businesses in an effort to steal information from their larger clients.
Because of the increased targeting of small businesses, it is very important that small businesses take measures to strengthen their cybersecurity.
How small businesses can improve their online security
There are a number of strategies that can improve cybersecurity for small businesses. First, employees should be trained on proper protocols and practices to avoid exposing the company to unnecessary risks.
Second, each section of the business should have a password protected authentication system. Only employees who need access to this section of the business should be given the password. For example, only the accountants at your small business should be given access to the accounting section of your database.
Third, physical access to important areas of your small business should be limited and restricted. This is because a single person who gains access to a computer or other device without permission can completely comprise security. You do not want random people walking through restricted areas of your small business.
Fourth, wifi and mobile access should be secured and protected. This means using wifi passwords. Also, if your employees will be accessing wifi from their own personal mobile devices, then there are a number of security apps that can be useful in keeping their phones more secure. You should have your employees install these apps.
Fifth, enforce your security policies. If you want to make sure that all of your employees are adhering to the security polices, then you will need to enforce them. This can mean punishing your employees if they are caught breaking protocols, and holding them accountable.
Maintaining a high level of cybersecurity for small businesses can be difficult. However, if you implement these strategies, then you will have a much better chance of keeping your company’s security at an optimum level.