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10 Steps to Business Cybersecurity

cybersecurityEven just thinking about protecting your business from all the cyber threats it faces can be daunting. Where do you begin? Do you start with your website, or is it something more basic like having a security plan? Do you train your employees or lock down every computer and let technology do the work? If critical data has to be protected, which data first? Which data most?

It’s this very scenario that creates the biggest security vulnerability for most small businesses. When building an effective security program for your business begins to look like a much bigger mountain to climb, especially as you get closer, you put the project off until another day. And in the meantime, hackers can have a field day.

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Don’t Let a Trojan Virus Disrupt Your Business

If you’re like most small business owners, you probably don’t believe that something as small as a piece of malware could threaten your business. After all, what could you possibly have that malware could want? And why would a hacker pick on you when they have so many bigger fish to go after?

Maybe this story will change your mind. A very small, nine-person business in southern California recently announced that it would have to close down suddenly and permanently after a small piece of malware known as a banking Trojan managed to slip on to the computer of one of its employees.

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Keys to Computer Security

Computer SecurityMany years ago, a bar owner shared with me the tale of how he was losing so much money in one of his bars he had to hire a loss prevention specialist to pose as a customer and watch his staff for any signs of financial impropriety.

The undercover customer spent nearly a month visiting the bar (what a job!) and reported back that he found nothing was amiss. He said he watched all the cash registers for four weeks and didn’t see one suspicious transaction at any one of the four registers.

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How to Protect My Website from Cybercrime

In a recent interview with Barry Moltz on Blog Talk Radio, Neill Feather, President of SiteLock, responds to the growing concern, particularly for small businesses, of website risks and how adding website security can protect online businesses and their reputation.

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Protect your website from hackers and cybercrime.

The fact is that small businesses are increasingly a prime target for cyber crime. Case in point – Neill references a recent study by Verizon that states that 95% of online businesses that are attacked by hackers have fewer than 100 employees. And the number of attacks continues to grow each day.

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Building a Cybersecurity Plan

Ever heard the saying “if you fail to plan then you plan to fail”? This is just as true in security as it is in business, and the lack of a clear plan to protect your business from cyber risks usually results in no real protection at all.

An information or cyber security plan is a very simple and free tool that can have a profound impact on how well your business is protected from cyber threats. A security plan is a short document, often no longer that a few pages, that outlines:

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PCI Compliance – Embrace it, before it cashes you out

pci complianceAs a small businesses owner who accepts credit cards online, becoming PCI compliant is one of the most important decisions you can make.

There are millions of small business merchants in the U.S., and while every small business that accepts credit cards has to comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), many businesses do not.

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12 Simple Steps to Data Protection

Did you know that there has been an average of more than one reported data breach in the U.S. every single day for each of the last five years? And that’s only the reported data breaches. The number of unreported or undiscovered data breaches could be ten times, even one hundred times that number.
Those data breaches combined have exposed more than 4.2 billion records, and some studies have found that more than 80% of those breached records have included Social Security numbers.

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Stopping the Insider Threat to Website Security

As we continue to watch the global fallout of the leaking of the NSA’s secret surveillance of everything from phone calls to Facebook, one of the more interesting and perhaps disturbing revelations was that the embarrassing leak of top secret U.S. spying operations came from a trusted insider.

What was perhaps even more disturbing was the fact that the alleged whistle-blower had largely unsupervised access to some of the biggest U.S. intelligence secrets, in spite of the fact that he was only on the job for a few years and actually started as a facilities security guard.

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The State of Small Business Website Security

When it comes to website security, many small businesses are in a constant state of change. Changing from a state of denial “I don’t need security because I have nothing to steal and I’m too small for hackers to find me anyway” to a state of panic “Oh no! I’ve just found out I’ve been hacked, they’ve been using my website to spread malware for months and now I’m blacklisted by the search engines.”

That’s the unfortunate state of small business web security, and it usually starts with the word don’t. That’s because most small business owners simply:

  • Don’t give website security a second thought because they’re too busy with more pressing matters, like trying to meet this month’s payroll.
  • Don’t think they’re big enough for hackers to bother with, not realizing that hackers now use automated tools that will easily sniff out unprotected websites in a matter of seconds.
  • Don’t think small businesses are targets in general, in spite of the numerous studies that suggest they could actually be the top target.
  • Don’t think they have anything worth attacking or stealing, although hackers think otherwise.
  • Don’t know where to start with security and how to even begin plugging those holes and so keep putting it off.
  • Don’t know what to do if they are hacked – which is usually the last step before that state of panic.

So much of the panic could be alleviated if small business owners took just a little time out of their busy schedule to think about security and understand how bad security or none at all can destroy a business, and how good security is a business enabler.

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, maintained that when it comes to business, security is job one. If you’re not protecting your website, it could turn into your greatest liability. Time and money are not an excuse because good security is automated, always on, and very affordable (I don’t want to say cheap in case you get the wrong idea but I really do mean cheap).

And good security leads everyone – you, your customers, your employees, and even your credit card processor – toward a state of bliss. Start on your journey by simply making sure that the next time the automated tool of a ruthless hacker comes sniffing around your website, you’ve beaten them to the punch and closed all the holes.

A great way to close these holes is by implementing website security solutions such as a Web Application Firewall and a scanner to detect potential infections. For more information on how these types of solutions can layer into your existing website call SiteLock at  855-378-6200.

Implementing Password Security

Seems like every few months another blogger or security maven laments the passing of the password, a security tool that has outlived its usefulness and should now be replaced with something more of the times, more effective, more secure.

And while the password might be on life-support, it’s not quite gone. Which means you still have to take it very seriously, because in most cases it’s the only security you may have.

And you should also learn to accept that if the password is mortally wounded, it might be partly your fault. Because we know, we have hard evidence, that passwords have been weakened by their owners.

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