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Is Your Company Prepared For The Worst?

Many of today’s business owners are fully aware of the risks when it comes to cybercrimes. The news is full of reports about data breaches at huge organizations like Equifax that we all believed was completely secure and impenetrable.

However, a new article from Forbes reports that American businesses may be in for their biggest financial losses yet. In a new article entitled, “The True Cost Of Cybercrime For Businesses”, one expert estimates that 2018 could be our biggest year ever in terms of financial losses due to cybercrimes.

Have You Heard about Ransomware?

Ransomware has become the leading method of cyber-attack. And it doesn’t matter if you own a small business or a huge organization; you’re just as vulnerable. That’s because cyber thieves are basically lazy. They want to steal a quick buck and do very little work to get it.

Most small businesses simply do not have resources for the best network security. Small business owners have been slow to train their employees about phishing emails. Any given day an employee at a small business could sit down at their desk open an email, click on a link, and download a Ransomware virus.

Phishing emails are easy to spot for the trained eye. But if an employee has not been trained, they may not recognize those telltale signs that spell trouble. Phishing emails usually have words misspelled and you can hover over the links and see where they really go. But cybercriminals are now using things like urgency and fear to force workers into taking action before they really find out whether the email is authentic.

Just one careless employee is all it takes to download malware onto one of your business computers. As with all viruses, this will spread quickly to all the other computers. Soon your entire business could be brought to a standstill.

Ransomware Is The Number One Cyber Threat

There are actually several reasons why ransomware has become so prevalent. In some cases, business owners think that the cheapest, fastest way to get all their data back is simply to pay the ransom. Often, thieves are asking for smaller amounts of money because they know that paying the ransom will be the cheapest way out. If you can infect computers from 10 different businesses in one day, and you only charge $500 as a ransom, then you can earn $5000 a day.

The other tragedy here is that, at this time, there is really no way for the police to track down cyber thieves and put them in jail. So now we have a crime that is easy to commit and has no penalty attached to it. That really does make it the perfect crime.

Cybercriminals often do business in Third World countries where the economy is sluggish at best. So being able to earn this kind of money with no risk involved is the perfect solution for them. But not for America’s business owners. For them, this is a nightmare. Having your database stolen by criminals is not only expensive, but it’s embarrassing. It can damage your company’s reputation.

Don’t Be A Victim!

That’s why more and more business owners are beginning to take steps to avoid being a victim of these crimes. And there are some very effective ways to do this.

Below are some important things that every business owner should be doing:

  • A comprehensive security program that includes an anti-virus solution, intrusion prevention firewall, data encryption, email and web protection.
  • Create a Cyber Security plan that lays out exactly what will happen in case cyber criminals break into your network. This should include rapid response, handling the media and compliance issues, experts who can come in and assess the damage, then make further recommendations.
  • Full protection for all laptops, servers, tablets, and other computing devices such as point-of-sale machines.
  • Daily onsite and offsite backups of your computer system.
  • Mobile Device Monitoring with security for all mobile devices and support for your BYOD (bring your own device) plan. This way, you can remotely erase data from any phone or computer that has been lost or stolen.
  • Remote monitoring and management of your network and computers that detect intrusions and block them immediately.
  • Security Awareness Training to educate your employees about security awareness.
  • Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking to reveal how effective your security measures are.

NTConnections can help. We’ll come out to your place of business and do a full assessment of your network security programs. We take every step to ensure that your company has an impenetrable fortress of security surrounding it. These are a few of our basic security protocols:

  • Ethical hacking to see where you have weaknesses.
  • Conduct Pen testing.
  • Suggest improvements to make your security perimeter stronger.
  • Security training for employees so they know what to look for.
  • Check for viruses currently lurking in the background.

Contact Us

If you’d like to learn more about how NTConnections can protect your business from the growing number of global cyber-attacks, please contact us. We have the experience, resources, and tools to stop attacks from occurring and ensure that your data and computer assets are safe and secure. Call (702) 288- 9767 or email support@ntconnections.net.