4 Ways Your Business May Be Vulnerable to a Cyber Attack

Is your business well protected?

You may think so, but unless you’ve taken quite a few precautionary measures to keep the attackers at bay, you’re probably more vulnerable than you know.

1) Your Wi-Fi Network Isn’t Protected

Sorry to say it, but if your Wi-Fi network is still using WEP encryption, you’re about 10 years behind the curve. Make sure your network is up to the current standard, WPA2, with a complex password of numbers, special characters, and letters. Likewise, you’ll want to turn off the Service Set Identifier (SSID) on your wireless router. This makes your network virtually invisible unless the user knows its exact name.

2) You Don’t Use Uniform Antivirus or Anti-Malware Software

Allowing your employees to roam free without protective software on their business computers is a huge issue in workplaces today. With everyone connected to the same server or network, it’s easier than ever for cyber attackers to gain access to a whole slew of your company’s machines by penetrating just one. Invest in software you can distribute to every employee, and make sure they know how to use it and keep it updated as needed. Your business could depend on it.

3) You’re Not Encrypting Data

Encryption adds another layer of protection to your data and files. While hackers could still peel the layer back and go to town on your private information, generally they won’t bother. It’s not worth the extra time when they can go elsewhere and find non-encrypted data with much less effort. It’s not just files, either. Email encryption makes sure all your conversations are harder to decrypt. Make sure you’re not at risk.

4) Your Employees Aren’t Trained

It may seem simple, but training your employees to create strong passwords and practice safe internet behavior is paramount in today’s world. Human error can overcome even the most secure firewalls and encryption – creating a cannonball-sized hole in your impenetrable IT fortress. Passwords should never be the same across multiple platforms, and employees should change them every three months.

Of course, these are just a few tips and tricks to keep you ahead of the game. If you’re looking for lasting, stable protection, give us a call at 630-701-3393 or reach out to us online.

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