Easy Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks : A Checklist

April 23, 2020

No company is safe from cyber crime. A recent survey revealed that over 66 percent of SMBs have experienced a cyber attack in the last 12 months, and sophisticated phishing scams are on the rise. Here's why you should be prioritizing your company's cybersecurity, and a quick cheat sheet of the five main ways to prevent cyber attacks on your business.   

Why Cybersecurity Matters

Cybersecurity matters because it's the only way to keep sensitive company data safe. What's more, it boosts consumer confidence and shows how seriously you take your data compliance requirements. Cyber attacks cost you time, money, and resources – and they could irreparably damage your reputation.   

The 5 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks

The good news is that, with the right cybersecurity, it's possible to prevent many cyber attacks before they become costly IT problems. Here's how. 

1. Plan Ahead

When it comes to cybersecurity, it's important to be proactive. Identify and deal with potential threats to your business by understanding exactly how your IT infrastructure works and how well it's protected

What to do: Perform a risk assessment.

2. Use Passwords

Don't make it easy for hackers or unauthorized employees to access private files. Protect your data with strong passwords, and change these passwords regularly. You can even encrypt your most sensitive files so only authorized personnel have the key to "unscramble" them. 

What to do: Pick strong passwords and set them up now.

3. Set Up Intrusion Detection 

It's crucial that you protect your network from the outside. Detect and respond to threats by using:

  • Anti-virus software
  • Firewalls
  • Network monitoring tools

What to do: Check that all software is up-to-date, and install reliable anti-virus software if you haven't already.

4. Train Your Staff

There's no point in devising a great cybersecurity policy if your staff doesn't know how it works. Ensure that your staff fully understands your cybersecurity procedures and appoint a senior member of the team to handle any queries. You should also make sure that your staff:

  • Knows how to spot common scams such as phishing emails 
  • Uses strong passwords and update them regularly
  • Protects the data on mobile devices if they're working remotely
  • Understands the general importance of good cybersecurity practices and regulatory compliance

What to do: Set up a staff IT training schedule and ensure that everyone understands how important cybersecurity is to your company.

5. Get Outside Support

When you're trying to figure out the best cybersecurity solution for your business, you might not know where to start. No matter the size of your IT budget, it's always best to ask a managed services provider (MSP) like us for help. With our comprehensive experience, we can quickly identify your vulnerabilities and secure your IT infrastructure in a cost-effective, scalable way. 

Services we offer include:

  • Network monitoring
  • Anti-virus software installation
  • Data backup
  • Technical support
  • Maintenance
  • Hardware repair and/or replacement
  • Security access control and cameras

Whatever you need, we can help. 

What to do: Include cybersecurity in your IT budget and ask an MSP for advice. 

Cybersecurity Support on Demand

At Lodestar Technology, we help our clients stop IT problems in their tracks. No matter how complex your IT issue, we're here to assist you right away. Don't let minor IT niggles become big problems – whether you're looking for basic tech support or a customized cybersecurity solution, contact us today to find out how we can help. 

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