Think about how many times you have gone online in the past week. What did you do while online? Check your e-mail? Track your finances? Share pictures? Download videos?

The Internet today has become an invaluable resource in both our personal and professional lives. We have access to more information than ever. With this added accessibility comes a great deal of risk and added responsibility. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyber threats because they do not have the resources to combat cyberattacks. This vulnerability is exactly why we’ve put together our DatAssured™ program.

To put it into perspective, Cyber crime continues to be very costly for organizations and is a problem that is not going away anytime soon. The government estimates that the annual cost of cyber crime per organization spanned a range of $1.3 million to $58 million.1 And the cost of cyber crime increased 26 percent, or $2.6 million from 2012 to 2013.

Keeping your information secure and learning how to recover from an attack may seem impossible, but we have a quick top ten list to get your started:

  1. Equip your business and personal computing devices with antivirus software & antispyware. Make sure you set up automatic updates.
  2. Secure your networks by using firewalls & encrypting information.
  3. Establish security policies to protect sensitive information. You can use our Cybersecurity Workbook as a model.
  4. Educate your employees about cyber risks and hold them accountable.
  5. Use strong passwords (hint: best practice is to use a passphrase). Change these passwords often and consider using multifactor authentication.
  6. Employ best practices on payment cards by isolating payment systems from other less secure systems.
  7. Create a mobile device action plan and set procedures for lost or stolen equipment.
  8. Control physical access to computers & network components by unauthorized useres.
  9. Make backup copies of important business data & information. This will help minimize losses if your system is hacked by “ransomware.” Determine how much information you can stand to lose: 1 day’s worth? 1 week? 1 month?
  10. Protect all pages on your public-facing websites, not just checkout and sign-up pages.

For an opportunity to quickly and confidentially assess the cyber risk of your organization’s current policies, go to our Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Tool. This questionnaire only takes 15 minutes and will give you a quick snapshot on how your business fares on the scale of cyber risk.

If you’d like further advice on cybersecurity best practices and how we can help your business, give us a call at (302) 831-1555.