Online Security in Business – Risks and Solutions
This particular article is aimed at business owners and/or managers who may not have that much experience with the online world and online security. Even if you have other people to take care of this for you, it is always a good idea to be familiar with the basics, at the least. This way, you will know how to minimize the risks and how to solve problems as quickly as possible, if they should appear.
So, what are the basics of online security in business and what you can (and should) do?
Are you at risk?To give a short answer – yes, you are. It does not matter how small your business is or in what industry it may be – every business is at risk of a number of online security breaches and the consequences that come with them. In fact, small to medium businesses make up a huge portion of all hacker attacks. The reason for this is that such enterprises are usually not very well secured. The number is probably even larger as most SMB owners decide not to report the problems that they have had, fearing that their reputation might suffer.
Who are the culprits?Once again, we will start off with a very short answer – criminals. The vast majority of people who launch cyber-attacks on businesses are criminals who either work "freelance" or are involved with organized crime. Their only goal is financial gain and there is really nothing more dramatic than that. They are out to steal money or information they can use to get money. It is as simple as that.
What are the risks?One of the greater risks when online security of your business is in question are malware attacks which are envisioned to access sensitive information that your business might be storing online, such as account records and access details. In addition to this, someone might launch a simple DDoS attack, making it impossible to run any business online. Phishing is another huge problem, with your employees willingly sharing sensitive information and access details with people who should never be given this information.
Whatever the type of the attack is, there are a few ways in which this can harm your business. For one, you might actually get your accounts emptied, as well as the accounts of the people your business has been in contact with. You will also suffer significant downtime, lasting up to 10 days during which you will not be able to do anything online. In addition to this, your reputation will suffer greatly, as you will become a "business that does not know how to take care of themselves online".
What to do?There are quite a few things that a business owner (manager) can do to ensure that their company is as safe as possible. For one, they should educate their employees, as well as their managerial staff and themselves, for that matter. Everyone should know about the basic security measures and what they should never do.
Another thing to do is to have a comprehensive online security system installed, usually maintained by an outside company that specializes in this. They will install security measures, teach you what you have to do and solve any problems that you might encounter. When choosing the provider of such service, you need to be certain that they are secure themselves as they will be handling quite a bit of your sensitive data. One thing to look for, for instance, is whether they use high-end remote login software as an added security layer. They should also work with the latest in online security technology and have plenty of experience with this.