Doug Bedell — November 8, 2021, 4:57 pm

Combating Cyberattacks at Small to Midsize Businesses

Small to midsize businesses can be especially challenged by cyberattacks. Here are four tips from John Roman on the Dark Reading blog on combatting cyber attacks.

1. Educate Yourself. “Business owners often think, ‘It won’t happen to me,’ when in reality, it’s not a matter of if a cyberattack will happen, but when.”

2. Adopt Strong Policies and Best Practices. “One of the first steps to securing your network is to make sure your employees understand security policies and procedures.”

3. Educate and Train Employees. “Employees are one of the leading causes of data breaches for small businesses; they offer a direct path into a business’s systems. Teaching employees basic Internet best practices can go a long way toward preventing cyberattacks.”

4. Invest in Cybersecurity Tools. “For an added layer of protection, the next step businesses should take is investing in cybersecurity software. While there is no substitute for dedicated IT support, businesses can still take measures to improve their security. Businesses need antivirus software that can protect all devices from malware, viruses, spyware, ransomware, and phishing scams.”

5. Arm Your Business Against Cyberattacks. “Cyberattacks will continue to pose a threat to small and midsize businesses. By taking these necessary defensive steps, you will safeguard your company from future attacks, keeping your businesses protected and operational.”

There’s further elaboration of each point; it’s worth your time to read on.

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