“Cybercrime” is a general term that refers to any criminal activity in which computers are the object or the target of the crime, or in some cases where computer skills are misused to commit cybercrimes. Cybercrime activities include cyberattacks, cybertheft, cyber fraud and cyberterrorism.
Cyber attacks (or cybercrime as a whole) is the biggest threat to businesses in 2022. Hackers target business’ financial information and intellectual property (source code or customer lists), which can be used to cause serious damage to the business by releasing it on the Internet, a cyberattack.
A cyberattack on a business usually results in a loss of customers and/or revenue as potential customers or partners can be scared away from doing business with the cyber attacked business due to fear of having their personal data stolen as well. In some cases, cyberattacks can destroy an entire company. Below are some of the best ways to improve your business’s cyber-safety in 2022, including prioritizing a comprehensive IT solution from an MSP like Stasmayer.
1. Stay Alert
One of the cyber security strategies is to always be on guard for cyberattacks, cybertheft and cyber fraud activities. Software tools are available to protect your business against cyberattacks by identifying vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by hackers or malware.
Additionally, employing an MSP, or a managed services provider, can help your business to stay ‘on-guard’ against cyberattacks. The MSP provides 24/7 monitoring of the devices and users on your network to try to prevent anything from slipping through the cracks. Budgeting for IT services from an MSP that utilizes a proactive approach to IT is one of the best ways to keep your business cyber-safe.
2. Keep Your Software Up-To-Date
Software updates often include patches for newly discovered cyber vulnerabilities. By keeping your software up-to-date, you are reducing cyber vulnerabilities in your business’ information systems. Be sure to set up automatic software updates so that you don’t forget to keep your software updated. Again, utilizing the services of an MSP like Stasmayer will help you to keep your software up-to-date.
3. Train Your Employees
Training employees with cyber security strategies is one of the practices that businesses should follow. Training your employees will help you to reduce cyber security risks and cyberattacks since cyberattackers often rely on exploits such as phishing emails to get access to the computer systems of businesses.
Phishing emails are cyberattacks that cybercriminals use to trick users into providing their login credentials by posing as a reputable company or person. By training your employees on the risks of cyber crime and updated smart cybersecurity practices, you can reduce the risk of cyberattacks.
4. Use ‘Two-Factor Authentication’ Everywhere Possible
Using two-factor authentication for cyberthreats such as fraud, cyberattacks and cybertheft is one of the cyber security strategies that every business should follow.
Two-factor authentication requires a user to have something in addition to a username and password to access an account or system, such as a mobile phone or software token. This cyber security strategy will help you to keep cybercriminals from accessing your information systems.
5. Conduct Regular Security Assessments
It is important for businesses to conduct regular security assessments and evaluations in order to assist cyber security in the workplace. A cyber security expert, such as a representative from Stasmayer, can assess your business’ cyber security and help you to address cyber vulnerabilities that may be present in your business.
Stasmayer’s team of experts will provide you with the most up-to-date information, expertise, and software to keep your business cyber-safe in 2022. The best way for a business to stay cyber-safe is to utilize a total and proactive approach to IT, and Stasmayer can provide that for your business. Contact Stasmayer today for help improving your business’s cyber-safety today!