Small businesses are an attractive target for cybercriminals. A study by Allianz Worldwide Partners found that 56% of small businesses in Australia are not sufficiently protected against attacks. Here are the top internet security threats that could face your company.
Malicious code comes in many forms, from keyloggers to SQL injections. You may notice workstation or server performance falling, frequent errors and reboots, and unusual network traffic. Some ways that you can avoid this threat is by limiting who can execute code, implementing anti-virus solutions and auditing user activity.
Unsecured Wireless Internet Networks
Anyone can connect to an unsecured wireless internet network and potentially access the devices and data that are on it. If you have open WI-FI at your company, securing it is your priority. When your staff members use their devices on business trips, make sure that they’re not connecting to unsecured networks that could put them in a position where they end up with malware on their devices.
The signs of a security breach vary depending on the type of attack it is. A cyber criminal may try to crash your network with a DDOS or they could sneak into your actual data center. In some cases, you may not realize a breach happened until weeks or months later. Make it harder for hackers to access your valuable assets by keeping all applications and operating systems up to date, using automated security solutions to handle low-level threats, putting physical security policies in place and staying up to date on the latest trends in Internet threats.
A common attack vector for cyber attacks is via your company’s email. A phishing attempt looks like a legitimate email but it actually comes from a malicious actor. They may send malware disguised as documents or spoof email addresses so they look like they came from a manager or another leadership position. One of the best ways to decrease the effectiveness of phishing is by training everyone on the topic. When they can recognize the tell-tale signs of this type of attack, they make a hacker’s job a lot more difficult.
Client Sensitive Information
With these things in mind, it’s important that you keep your clients personal information and payment data secure. Identity theft is a growing concern worldwide. All of your customer’s payment data should be tokenised, encrypted and comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). If you’re unsure of your businesses security around payments or what your obligations are, please feel free to contact us here at IntegraPay to discuss how we can assist.