A lot of small and medium sized companies do not realize they are vulnerable to data breach. And, this is the main reason of many of big companies’ data theft, hacks, exposes and other cyber security related issues becomes the headlines on the front of the Newspaper on every day.
Misconceptions among Small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
According to researchers by the UK Cyber streetwise Campaign, of about two-third (approx 66%) of SMEs has common misconceptions around cyber security, due to which they leave vulnerable of their valuable data and other issues such as financial and reputable damage.
Following are the misconceptions among them
- Only companies that take payments online are risk of cyber crimes (26%)
- Small companies aren’t target for the hackers (22%)
- Cyber security is too expensive to implement (24%)
- Don’t know where to start (22%)
Only a few percent of the total says that improving their cyber security is a top priority.
Simple steps to minimize security risks
As you see, the misconceptions around there are that, the cyber security is a complex process, and thus they leave their data vulnerable for losing and getting into the hand of evil actors who can do any illegal activities that cost on not only the financial issues but also the reputation damage.
There misconceptions are wrong; you can easily minimize the security risks by follow the following simple recommendation:
- Organize your data- Depending upon the business, a data management system implementation should be there that create structure for all the information that your company holds. This will help you to make in more organized ways and also access to them more efficiently. This way, you will secure the information as well.
- Limit access- Do not allow every employees to access your confidential data. In many companies, employees are restricted to open suspicious websites in company owned computers and networks for safety.
- Use secure third party software and applications – Many software/apps are available to help streamline business processes such as financial accounting software, cloud storage, and email hosting campaigns. For this purposes, always choose trustworthy company software.
- Protect from malware- While installing any antivirus program, as it seems like a common IT task, many users take it disregard this process. In many companies in UK, employees have an option do their official work remotely at home. The employees use their personal laptops, mobile phones and public WI-FI networks for the official work. So, it is pointless however the business computer has sophisticated antivirus software if the personal machines of employees are vulnerable to attacks. Thus, it is very important to strict employees to access the official data from anywhere. In fact, there must be proper guidelines to employees where they should access the data.
- Perform IT Security Audits- Company must review the affectivity of the security measures. A regular basis of “basic IT security audit” help companies gauge if their IT systems are up-t-date.
- Implementing innovative troubleshooting solutions- After performing IT security Audit, for solving a problem, use “remote troubleshooting”- the faster and more practical ways to solve a problem.
- Apply physical security measures- Data breach Investigation report states that 63% of the data breaches happen due to weak or stolen passwords. Passwords must be strong- a combination letter, number and symbol and must be of at least 14 characters. Avoid using any of the passwords listed in “worst passwords” by SplashData.