6 Things Startups Can Do to Stop Cyber Attacks

September 20, 2016

6:00 pm

As many unfortunate startups know, cyber attacks do not only affect large businesses. For smaller companies, the effects can be devastating. If you are connected to the web, either with a computer or mobile device, you are potentially a target and need to take the necessary precautions.

Cyber attacks can take many forms and are not always carried out with the same motives in mind. Some criminals launch attacks to bring networks and infrastructure down; some will attempt to steal information; others may do it to try and prove a point. For many, it is the security of their personal or business information that is most under threat or most likely to be compromised by an attack.

Cyber security experts can typically advise you on how to secure your computers with software and hardware solutions, but it is also worth consulting with security experts to ensure any servers or storage devices are also kept secure in their physical locations. However, if startups follow a set of best practices, they can easily prevent any hazards to business data and information. Some of the most widely used security measures you can apply against cyber attacks are:

Keep Your Password to Yourself

A business password or an individual password on a device used for business must not be shared with others. Ever. This gives anyone and everyone unlimited access to a startup’s documents and that is always bad for business.

Also, periodically changing passwords keeps your device safe from intruders who are out there predicting your easy to guess code.

Back Up Everything

Any damage to information can cost proportional loss to your company. To always ensure data prevention against contingencies like natural calamities, theft, loss due to technical glitches and device failures, you need to make copies of crucial data periodically and also protect those copies from intruders. Sometimes data loss due to snooping can only be detected with the help of appropriate technology in place.

Though cyber attacks are often associated with hi-tech infiltrations carried out from an external location, don’t fall into the trap of letting important information walk out the door on a USB stick or compact disc.

Educate Employees

Employees are the mainstay of your business, if they do not comply with IT best practices, they may unintentionally cause safety issues in your organization.

Because employees provide such an open pathway to your business, it is recommended to conduct training about the importance of information security and the dos and don’ts. Security threats like phishing and social engineering can easily be prevented when everyone is aware and alert.

Implement Anti-Virus Software

First, it is illegal to use free anti-virus software for business purposes. Second, a free anti-virus comes with no guarantee. In fact, most free anti-virus software is seldom or never updated to catch latest viruses and malware. Even if they find least infective antivirus, it’s difficult to prevent ransomware that are unpredictable with the way they affect the computers and the networks associated with it.

The price paid for enterprise anti-virus software is far less when measured against the value it delivers. It is updated periodically to prevent your business against the latest threats.

Using Secure Internet Connection

Public and free internet access can be commonly found everywhere these days. However, a device with critical information like credit card information, username and password of email accounts, business data, or anything else important should not be used in conjunction with public Wi-Fi.

Intruders may get access to your device and ultimately all your information once while your device belongs to a public network. A secure connection is set up with a username and password, and only authorized users can enter that system, this way we can easily trace back in case of any discrepancies

Build a Locking System

It pays to vigilant when it comes to computer security. You would never leave your house, car, or office without locking it so don’t do it with your computer. As a startup, securing the physical computer system is now only one part of the puzzle, criminals are now just as interested in the data that they hold so ensure that is protected too.

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Naman is a digital marketer and a freelance blogger for hire who shares his knowledge about keyword research and SEO at BloggerMonk.com.

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