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April 5, 2021

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Cybersecurity Techniques for Small Businesses 

Small businesses have been the ones that have suffered a lot during the pandemic. Concerning data and reports reveal that phishing attacks on small businesses have increased at an alarming rate of 600% since the February of 2020. And the situation isn’t getting any better. Despite the fact that cybersecurity experts suggest against a security ban, businesses still do not adopt online security techniques due to a number of reasons as listed below. 

  1. They cite that they do not have enough funds to spend on cybersecurity. 
  2. They think that their business is less prone to hacking.
  3. They do not understand the importance of data security until it’s too late.

Now, here’s what you have to remember as an online business – your organization is as much hackable as any other business. And if you are not adopting a mixture of cybersecurity techniques, then you’re the kind of targets that hackers search for. 

Having said that, the cybersecurity techniques that can help you in defending your assets from online threat actors in a better way are listed below. 

  1. Employee Awareness

Arrange cybersecurity classes where your employees can learn about phishing. When they will have the basic idea about phishing attacks, they will remain more vigilant against unsolicited emails, emails that come with links pasted in the body, and the different ways in which a malicious website can install malware in a system. 

In other words, they will be able to act in the favor of the company’s online security only when they know what the threat is. 

  1. VPN for Remote Workers

Whenever an employee working from home requests system access, the traffic has to first go through the VPN where it is constantly monitored against malware  viruses, and many other kinds of online vulnerabilities. As a result, the chances that hackers will be able to slip a malware will significantly reduce. 

  1. MFA for Better Defense

MFA or multi-factor authentication is the addition of minimum 3 authentication layers in between the system and the internet. Clearing those authentication layers is necessary even after the backdoor password is cleared. Even if one layer stands tall, hackers will not be able to access the system. 

  1. Debugging and Patching

Always patch the router, reboot it from time to time, and, most importantly, check for updates manually because old routers usually do not have auto update features. 

Here’s what you should do. 

  • Don’t stuff the system with old unkempt files. They have most bugs. So, delete them. 
  • Don’t forget to install software updates. 
  • Run active scans on the system. 

On a closing note, small businesses have suffered so much monetary losses only because they weren’t prepared against the threat of hacking. And now that you know how and why to protect your assets, do not forget to implement the cybersecurity techniques. 

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