For 11 years, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dedicated the month of October to highlight the threat of cyber security. In its third week of the campaign, the department is focusing on the danger facing small and medium-size businesses — and what can be done to protect customer and company data.
Historically, small and medium-size businesses have felt companies their size were not the targets of cyber criminals. That notion is just plain wrong, according to the DHS.
“While bigger businesses can often dedicate greater resources towards cyber security, small and medium-size businesses and entrepreneurs face the same cybersecurity challenges and threats with limited resources, capacity and personnel,” the DHS stated on its website.
In fact, some data suggests cyber criminals are targeting smaller businesses because of this mindset and lack of security practices. According to the Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigations Study, 71 percent of the 855 data breaches they profiled were aimed at businesses with less than 100 employees.
That’s a concern not only for small business owners, but consumers as well.
It’s a pretty scary world out there. Here are some tips from the DHS to keep your business — and customers — safe
- Use and regularly update anti-virus and anti-spyware software on all computers; automate patch deployments across your organization to protect against vulnerabilities.
- Secure your Internet connection by using a firewall, encrypting information and hiding 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 and hold them accountable to the Internet security policies and procedures.
- Require that employees use strong passwords and regularly change them.
- Invest in data loss protection software for your network and use encryption technologies to protect data in transit.
Learn more about Citon’s Network Security services: http://www.citon.com/security/
Interested in learning more? Citon Computer Corp is hosting a special discussion with FBI Agent Lizabeth Lehrkamp Tuesday, Oct. 28. Seating is limited. Register now: http://ace.info.citon.com/fbi/