Cyber security has been a central focus of discussion in the news over the last few months. We’ve heard of stories of big enterprises, such as Ashley Maddison, being hacked. But what about the smaller businesses under 100 people? We don't see headlines featuring the small company that lost $15,000 and six months worth of data.
Larger companies have the funds to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment to secure their networks and information. They understand that there is a risk and do what they can to protect themselves.
SMB’s do not have the financial resources of larger companies, yet the risk is the same or greater. That is the challenge we face. SMB’s need to take lessons from big enterprise and take responsibility for their security, and Digital Fire is here to help.
To bring this threat to the attention of SMB owners we decided to schedule a webinar to educate our clients. Our goal was to help those who are affected make informed decisions to prevent any damage posed by cyber security.
The webinar featured Nicholas Johnston, a cyber security expert whose experience and knowledge made for an eye opening presentation regarding the problems SMB’s face.
The webinar can be viewed here: SMB Cyber Security Webinar
Amateur and professional hackers alike are targeting SMB’s, often with simple tools downloaded or purchased from the web. Hackers often learn all they can about your company and watch you for months prior to a first encounter. Social engineering is the most common form of hacking (where an individual tries to trick a person into giving away sensitive information) but there are also threats which install on a computer to steal data. These programs are usually sent through email and designed to look legitimate.
Security software will help in most situations by flagging emails as spam, however, at least 50% of the security equation is up to the user. No amount of technology will help if you click the wrong thing and let the malicious code run. A general rule is: If anything is suspicious then don’t click on it.
This document can aid you in determining whether an item is suspicious or not:
Download our PDF on how to spot suspicious emails here.
In the near future we will be hosting more webinars in order to assist SMB’s in overcoming technology problems and introduce new trends and how it could possible affect them. Keep an eye on our newsletter for more information on the next session!
If we can help you in anyway, contact us and we will gladly assist you.