StaySafeOnline.org provides some great tips that can help small and medium businesses understand the cyber security risk small and medium businesses face. Smaller businesses are becoming bigger targets for cybercriminals because criminals understand that they have fewer defense resources than large enterprises. As Casper’s leading provider of IT service for schools, businesses, healthcare facilities, and government offices, Medicine Bow Technologies is passing these tips along to you.
If cybercriminals can breach a small business and steal business or customer credentials (banking accounts, email access, etc.) they can use that information to steal money directly, create attacks on your customers and work their way around the business ecosystem in other nefarious ways.
National Cyber Security Alliance/Symantec research on small businesses has shown that two thirds (66%) say that their business is dependent on the Internet for its day-to-day operations; 38% characterize it as very dependent and 67% say they have become more dependent on the Internet in the last 12 months.
The research also indicates that businesses have vital information to protect: 69% handle sensitive information, including customer data; 49% have financial records and reports; 23% have their own intellectual property and 18% handle intellectual property belonging to others outside of the company.
Furthermore, the research indicates that most small businesses have considerable risks that are not addressed:
77% do not have a formal written Internet security policy for employees.
63% do not have policies regarding how their employees use social media.
More small business owners say they do not (45%) provide Internet safety training to their employees than do (37%).
Two thirds (67%) allow the use of USB devices in the workplace.
Six in ten (59%) say they do not require any multi-factor authentication for access to any of their networks, and only half (50%) say that all of their machines are completely wiped of data before disposal.
Questions to Consider:
What information do you collect?
How do you store the information?
Who has access to the information?
How do you protect your data?
What steps are you taking to secure your computers, network, email and other tools?
If you are unsure what your current security position is or if you have risks that you need help mitigating, please contact Medicine Bow Technologies. With offices in Casper and Laramie Wyoming, MBT is positioned to provide IT service to customers across Wyoming and Northern Colorado. We serve customers in healthcare, education, government, energy and small business. Let us help you strengthen your IT security!