Your business shares a lot of valuable information over your network while relying on it to perform a huge range of daily tasks. What would happen if a cyber-attack took down this communication tool? Hackers are increasingly targeting small businesses due to smaller organizations lacking the IT resources available to larger businesses.
Hackers frequently target businesses with DDoS attacks. A DDoS attack overloads your servers with as many requests as possible, which can cause your entire network to shut down. You need to protect your network from these attacks by implementing a cyber-security solution that will filter traffic in real-time. Failing to protect your network means you could end up losing access to your servers if your business is targeted by a DDoS attack.
Protecting Your Data
You probably store data that is valuable enough to be stolen. This could include the payment information of your customers, your employee’s personal information, and intellectual property. Encryption is the best way to protect your data. You should also think about using an authorized network so you can control which users have access to the most sensitive data. Ideally, you should automatically backup your data in case you lose it.
An endpoint protection system is a solution that makes sense for most businesses. This approach monitors the behaviors of each device connected to your network. Relying on a traditional antivirus might not be enough, and isn’t a realistic approach if you have a BYOD policy regarding cellphones and laptops. An endpoint protection system can also flag suspicious behaviors such as an employee downloading a large quantity of sensitive data. And endpoint protection system will prevent viruses from connecting to the Internet if an infected device is connected to your network, and will protect endpoints if users click on a suspicious link.
Implementing these cyber-security solutions might not be realistic if you have a small IT department or no IT department. You should look into using a managed IT solution to set up a performing network for your business and properly secure it. This is an approach that makes more sense if you need to have access to advanced cyber-security tools but lack the know-how or the time to manage your network yourself.