Cyberattacks can cost businesses a lot of money. On top of having sensitive data stolen and potentially extorted, cyberattacks can result in distrust from customers, which could result in you losing a lot of business.
Many cyberattacks can be allowed to happen due to simple cybersecurity mistakes. Below are just a few cybersecurity blunders that many companies make and how to fix them.
Using basic passwords (and never changing them)
Poor password practice is one of the leading causes of cyberattacks. Make sure that you’re not using simple passwords such as ‘password’ or ‘1234’. The strongest passwords are entirely random and contain a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters and numbers. This guide offers some great tips to creating strong and memorable passwords.
On top of using strong passwords, you should make sure that you’re changing these passwords every six months. It’s possible that passwords belonging to your company may have already been stolen and put up for sale on the dark web without you even knowing – in fact, the details of millions of users are thought to already be available online on shady dark web sites. By changing your passwords regularly, you can prevent being extorted if you’ve already been hacked.
Using unsupported software
Software needs to be regularly updated to protect it against the latest digital threats. Using software that hasn’t been updated could leave you open to cyberattacks.
Old software carries the biggest risk. Such software may no longer be supported by the vendor, which means that it no longer receives security updates. In such instances, migrating to newer software is essential in order to keep your data secure.
Not educating your employees
Many security vulnerabilities can be caused by employee malpractice. From falling for phishing scams to accessing sensitive data on unsecure networks, there are multiple ways in which your employees can leave your business open to attacks.
You can prevent these issues from occurring by teaching your employees cyber security awareness. There are courses that you can enroll employees on to teach them these skills. With a better understanding of cybersecurity, your employees are less likely to make simple mistakes.
Having no data backup
During a ransomware attack, your data may be held hostage in exchange for a ransom. If you don’t pay this ransom, your data could be deleted or could be permanently encrypted. In some cases, even when companies pay the ransom, the data is still left encrypted. This could leave you unable to access any of your data.
To avoid this disaster, it’s essential that you back up your data somewhere. Backing up files on the cloud is the best way to do this – access to your cloud storage can then be severed off during an attack, allowing you to continue accessing important data without a cybercriminal being able to access it. If you haven’t already started using the cloud, now could be the time to do so.