It’s important to us that our clients feel fully informed and confident when working with us. That’s why we have a few past clients’ questions along with answers from our experienced team. Browse through the information below, and if you have a question that isn’t included here, feel free to reach out to us today.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THREATS THAT A SMALL BUSINESS SUCH AS MINE MAY ENCOUNTER?
Cyber-attacks are constantly evolving, but business owners should at least be aware of the most common types.
Malware (malicious software) is an umbrella term that refers to software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network. Malware can include viruses and ransomware.
Viruses are harmful programs intended to spread from computer to computer (and other connected devices). Viruses are intended to give cybercriminals access to your system.
Ransomware is a specific type of malware that infects and restricts access to a computer until a ransom is paid. Ransomware is usually delivered through phishing emails and exploits unpatched vulnerabilities in software.
Phishing is a type of cyber-attack that uses email or a malicious website to infect your machine with malware or collect your sensitive information. Phishing emails appear as though they’ve been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. These emails often entice users to click on a link or open an attachment containing malicious code. After the code is run, your computer may become infected with malware.
WHY IS PROTECTING MY SMALL BUSINESS AGAINST CYBER THREATS SO IMPORTANT?
Cyber-attacks are a growing threat for small businesses and the U.S. economy. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, the cost of cybercrimes reached $2.7 billion in 2020 alone. Small businesses are attractive targets because they have information that cybercriminals want, and they typically lack the security infrastructure of larger businesses. According to a recent SBA survey, 88% of small business owners felt their business was vulnerable to a cyber-attack. Yet many businesses can’t afford professional IT solutions, have limited time to devote to cybersecurity, or they don’t know where to begin. Start by learning about common cyber threats, understanding where your business is vulnerable, and taking steps to improve your cybersecurity.
WHY SHOULD I TRAIN MY EMPLOYEES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CYBERSECURITY?
Employees and emails are a leading cause of data breaches for small businesses because they are a direct path into your systems. Training employees on basic internet best practices can go a long way in preventing cyber-attacks.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT NETCHEK IS THE RIGHT CONSULTING AGENCY FOR ME?
We cater our services to meet your company's business goals. You are not obligated to use all of our services. Our goal is to assist your small business with being better prepared to see, assess and handle cyber threats and potential malware issues.
The first step in improving your cybersecurity is understanding your risk of an attack, and where you can make the biggest improvements.
A cybersecurity risk assessment can identify where a business is vulnerable, and help you create a plan of action—which should include user training, guidance on securing email platforms, and advice on protecting the business’s information assets.