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Did you know that cybertheft is the fastest growing crime in the United States? Many people have the misconception that cyberattacks only happen to large organizations when, in reality, small businesses are prime targets. In fact, nearly half of all cyberattacks happen to small businessesCriminals target small businesses because their cybersecurity strategies are generally less sophisticated. Online technology is constantly evolving, which makes the typical small business more vulnerable to cybertheft.

Strengthening cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for your small business. Here are some of the most common types of cyberattacks that threaten SMBs:

 1. Denial of Service (DoS):

With this type of attack, criminals use multiple computers to send an overwhelming amount of information and data all at once with the goal of overloading your system. Regularly monitoring analytics for spikes in traffic is an effective way to prevent this type of cyber traffic jam. As always, be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest security software.

2. Insider/Employee:

One of the most damaging types of security breaches occurs when an insider (an employee) misuses data that he or she has access to. As a best practice, change the locks or key code access to your building when an employee is terminated.

3. Malware:

Malware refers to malicious software that can come in the form of worms, viruses, Trojan horses and ransomware. This type of software can wreak havoc on your system and is best prevented by using the latest antivirus software.

4. Compromised Passwords:

You should never choose a password that is easy to guess. Create case-sensitive passwords using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Be sure to change passwords frequently to throw hackers off your trail.

5. WiFi:

Surprisingly, many SMBs don’t secure their WiFi networks. Because unsecured WiFi connections are public, they are more prone to being hacked. Also, keep in mind that your WiFi network can extend as much as 300 feet beyond your building’s walls. Encryption is the most effective way to secure your WiFi network from malicious characters.

Cyberattacks are a growing threat small businesses. Make yourself aware of these common types of cybertheft that impact small businesses so that you can strengthen your cybersecurity strategy. If you’d like to learn more about protecting your print environment, contact us for a no-obligation IT assessment.

 

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