October is almost over which means Cybersecurity Month is coming to a close. It’s our favorite time of year and another opportunity for us to talk with our people about security. If you can’t tell, it’s one of our favorite topics. We live and breathe cybersecurity year-round. It’s serious stuff, but we’re here to help you secure your network and your data.

As they say, the best offense is a good defense. And yes, that’s also true when it comes to all things security. There’s no need for paranoia, but there is good reason for safety precautions. Many small business owners believe that data breaches only happen to large companies. That isn’t the case; around 43% of cyberattacks are targeted toward small businesses. Suffice it to say that paying attention to this stuff is worthwhile.

There are simple ways that you can prevent cyberattacks within your business:

  • Get a LastPass (or other password manager) account for each employee. Have everyone take the Security Challenge to make sure their passwords are secure. (Bonus points for making this a fun activity, incentivize your employees to show their score and give out awards for highest performers.)
  • Educate your employees about phishing attacks. End user training is invaluable when it comes to security. We recommend a great tool called KnowBe4 which will send out fake phishing attempts in a test to your team.
  • Enable multi-factor authentication. Put up extra barriers to your accounts to make sure the wrong person isn’t getting in.
  • Connect to the VPN when you’re WFH. Your work VPN is likely more secure than your home wi-fi network.
  • In the event of a data breach or cyber attack, have a plan. Talk with your team so that they know exactly what to do once something has gone wrong. Quick action can help to mitigate an attack.

Cybercriminals are adapting and becoming more sophisticated in their attacks. There’s no denying that. Instead of spending your time worrying, take a proactive approach and chat with us about your needs or concerns. After all, that’s why we’re here. We may not be Ghostbusters, but we’re wouldn’t mind if you wanted to call us Cybercrimebusters. You know who to call.