Last Updated on July 7, 2023 by IS Back Office
When it comes to small business cyber security, a lot of small businesses mistakenly feel that they will never be a target, nor be threatened by cyber security issues directly. Most do not understand that it is not always the company’s data that a hacker is after, rather, it is a company’s resources.
Imagine that I’m a hacker and I want to conduct an email phishing scam by spoofing your domain. Basically, I want to send out emails that appear to be from your company.
Yes, this can be done and quite easily, and you will not even know that I’m doing it. All that hard work, money and time that you spent building a great reputation is in jeopardy. Which is great, for me, the hacker…
Just for the purposes of definition, “Email Spoofing” is the act of impersonating an email address when sending a message. The goal of email spoofing is to hide the actual origin of the malicious sender and to make it look like a trusted address. This is just one of many issues to consider in regards to cybersecurity for small businesses.
Beyond just phishing and spoofing, there are cyber-criminal organizations that are continuously at work finding various exploits within your organization to take advantage of.
Think of this as their “full time job” so to speak. At the lower levels, once an exploit is found, that information is sold to the highest bidder. They do nothing all day, except hack.
Cybercriminals are often in part, or completely responsible for the major hacks and ransomware attacks that you hear about on the news. These hacks are taking place around the world 24/7/365. These criminals and their allies pose great threats to the digital landscape that we all live and work in.
Small Business Cyber Security – What To Do?
We know that you can not afford the complex and multilayered cybersecurity systems that the large enterprise companies have. We also know that you do not have the dedicated IT staff and very expensive and complex cyber security hardware systems.
Simply put, you must understand that every website hosting company, email provider and the like are going to tell you that cybersecurity is in fact, your responsibility.
You also have to think of protecting your small business 24/7/365, with no days off. That’s the same schedule that hackers have.
Hearing about hacks in the news should not be the only time that you start to get concerned with implementing and following strict cybersecurity protocols.
To learn more about how we can help you with your Cyber Security, visit our small business services section.
You must also understand that effective cyber defense is a marathon and not a sprint. If you are simply in a mode of “reacting” to a cyber security issue than you are more than likely too late or extremely behind in your consideration for this strategic investment.
At the time of writing this post, we checked our own statistics. We mitigated 1372 malicious cyber security attempts from six different countries.
So at the exact same time that we were writing this post in attempt to help people, there were those that were simultaneously attempting to hurt us.
Cyber security protection does not just apply to large organizations, it is applicable to everyone, especially businesses with digital assets; from a one person business, to freelancers, small businesses, and more.
Regardless of how many security mitigation measures that you put in place to protect your small business, none of it stands a chance if you don’t also include very strict cyber security protocols. You want to also be sure that your employees understand that everyone within your small business is accountable. Operation security should be considered at all times. Contact us for a free consultation.