Did you know that 50% of small business owners think their businesses are too small to be targeted by the thieves of the virtual world? Contrary to popular belief, 72% of hacker attacks often happen to smaller firms – firms with less than 100 employees! So how prepared is your SMB? Here’s a checklist to help you find out how vulnerable you are to these attacks.
1. Do you have Antivirus protection? – An antivirus software program can protect you from threats that originate from emails such as phishing and virus attacks. However, the most striking fact is that 61% of small businesses don’t install any antivirus software! If you are one of them, then it’s time to change!
2. How sturdy is your Firewall? – A good firewall system protects your computers from the variety of threats that exist in the virtual world. Examples include harmful cookies, viruses, worms and other such malicious programs used by hackers.
3. Do you use a Spam filter? – Using a simple spam filter for your emails keeps junk out of your inbox. The bonus to having a good spam filter is that your employees save time, as they are not distracted by irrelevant emails, but the major perk here is that the potential virus and phishing threats are lessened as spam emails are unlikely to be opened.
4. Do you do backup your data regularly? – Agreed – backups don’t really protect your data, but they are the only way to recover it if data loss does happen. So, be sure you have a regular and reliable backup plan in place – and it is actually being deployed.
Data loss can prove very costly—especially to SMBs, sometimes even resulting in them having to close down. Prevention is certainly better than a cure in such cases.
WHO WE ARE
In business since 2004, INC Systems is an Information Technology (I.T.) company that has consistently made client satisfaction our number one priority. We do this by embracing a culture that encourages a true caring for the success of each client and the people they employ. While there are numerous tech companies that can “help with technology”, here at INC Systems, this is not enough. We focus on creating proactive solutions to give our clients an edge in their respective industries by ensuing we know specifically what they are trying to achieve. We also concentrate on preventing problems before they occur to avoid disruption or even downtime by understanding their specific needs. Our team works hard at making sure we speak and deliver recommendations in simple-to-understand terms to ensure our clients have the necessary information to make informed decisions.