(And the 5 Best Ways to Protect Against Them) for 2018!

The cybercrime business has reached record proportions at nearly $1 trillion in earnings per year. Your data is an incredibly valuable asset – not only to you but to hackers as well. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the most common cybersecurity risks and ways to protect your business in 2018.

The Risks

  • A type of malicious software wherein the cybercriminal blocks access to your data or computer systems in exchange for a ransom fee. There’s been a huge increase in this type of attack within the last year.

  • A practice in which the cybercriminal sends an email claiming to be from a reputable company in an effort to get personal information from you, such as a credit card number or password.

  • A form of attack
    wherein the cybercriminal attempts to manipulate the end user into divulging personal information. They will often steal your email list and send a malicious message to your friends.

  • A pop-up wherein you’re tempted to click on an ad of some sort – leaving your system infected with malware. This commonly happens on social media websites.

  • A free Wi-Fi network setup with key-loggers that copy and archive all information typed once you’re connected. Cybercriminals will setup these fake/phony networks in public areas.

How to Protect Your Business

Watch out for pop-ups, fake wireless networks, phishing attacks, and anything that seems suspicious. Always make sure you’re receiving information from a real person or company.


A complex password is necessary to prevent hackers from being successful. Here’s how to make a complex password:

  • Don’t use family names or words found in the dictionary.
  • Don’t re-use passwords across various accounts.
  • Don’t write your passwords down.
  • Do use more than 9+ characters.
  • Do use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Do turn on two-factor authentication when possible.

A virtual private network or VPN allows you to create a secure connection and share data remotely without worry through a public network.

Your data must be backed up onsite and offsite (in a cloud-based system) on a regular basis. Test your backups often and maintain at least three copies of everything.

A reputable IT company with experience in cybersecurity will be able to keep your network and users secure against any type of attack. They will:

  • Deploy a layered approach to security with firewalls, anti-virus software, regular software patch deployment, and more.
  • Conduct a social engineering test, then share the results with your staff and debrief/train youremployees.

Don’t take unnecessary risks when it comes to cybercrime. OutSource will help you keep your data secure at all times. We specialize in simplifying the complexity and management of office technology solutions for over 25,000 organizations nationwide.