Hi did you know that one in five businesses will be subject to a ransomware attack or other cybersecurity event in any given year? And that 81% of those attacks are actually against small businesses like yours?
Now it’s not all bad news because 97% of these attacks can be prevented in one way or another by taking one of these, or most, the appropriate of the 15 suggestions that we have for controlling your risk from a cybersecurity attack. Today, I’m going to talk about three of those 15 and also let you know that you can see my videos that cover all the other 12, and the information for that will be at the end of this screen video.
So today I want to talk about three things. The first one is encryption. You may not know what encryption is. It means making your data scramble so that no one else can read it.
If they happen to intercept it or get hold of it. And that’s really important in mobile devices or in your email transmissions.
So anytime you have sensitive information, it should be encrypted and on, and on mobile devices, such as laptops and stuff like that, that you might leave behind.
The second thing I want to talk about is the backup of your critical data. It’s very important to back up your data and make sure that that data is not available on your network because if it’s so like, just a drive thumb drive attached to your computer, that is also going to be encrypted if a hacker gets in and that’s their way to ransom you for your data.
So you want to back up and off the network so that hackers can’t get to that data, that backup. The third, and, you know, maybe should it be the first thing, is you should have proper cyber-security insurance. An attack against a small business on average costs a minimum of $25,000 to recover from.
You have to restore all your data and clean it up. You may have reporting issues that you have to send letters and emails and stuff to all of your clients, to let them know that this has happened and, and more likely than not offered to, to offer them some identity theft protection, or something like that, for a year or two.
You may have received emails like that yourself. So those are the three things I want to talk about today. If any of these strike an immediate need for you, please reach out to me directly with my information at the end of the video otherwise feel free to look at the other series of videos that cover these and, and look around my website for more information.
You can also download the full 15 tips document, and that information is at the end of the video. Again
I’m Steve Conyers with CMIT solutions, hoping you have a safe and healthy day.