Are You Prepared for Cyber Attacks on Your Business?

Last year saw some of the worst breaches in cybersecurity history, including a hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and an instance where more than one billion Yahoo accounts were compromised. Preparing for a cybersecurity attack is more critical now than ever before, but studies show that many businesses aren’t taking the high level of risk seriously enough. It’s time to start educating your employees on the scope and scale of this problem.

Every Business is a Target – Cybersecurity Statistics

Comprehensive data reports from the Ponemon Institute and Deloitte indicate that:

  • The cost of global cybercrime has exceeded more than $100 billion, including more than $15.4 billion in the U.S. alone
  • 43% of attacks target small businesses of fewer than 40 employees
  • 74% of IT security practitioners believe employees don’t take security seriously and are complacent with enforced security protocol
  • 71% don’t think all employees are even aware of said security protocol
  • 75% of surveyed respondents don’t believe their organizations are fully prepared to handle the security risks resulting from the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • 3 out of 4 respondents say data is growing too fast, the addition of new partners is complicating network and application management, and a lack collaboration between IT and other lines of business is putting the organization at risk
  • Only 10% of Chief Information Officers (CIO) view cybersecurity as a top business priority heading into 2017

How Can Businesses Combat the Increased Risk of Cyber Attacks?

Minimizing risk starts with educating yourself, your security staff and employees about the severe and costly impact of an unexpected cyber attack. Follow these tips:

  • Keep employees up-to date on the latest phishing and SPAM tactics
  • Develop an acceptable use policy
  • Offer password training and encourage frequent password changes
  • Establish a system for reporting cybersecurity problems
  • Develop a mobile device management (MDM) protocol
  • Offer employees remote access training

Need Help Minimizing Your Cybersecurity Risk? Certified CIO Can Help!

At Certified CIO, we understand the complexities of cybersecurity risks and how to best protect your organization from a costly attack. We will provide you with a hardware firewall that is virtually guaranteed to keep out any intrusions, hackers, malware or system attacks. We also specialize in remote monitoring and maintenance, managed security services, disaster recovery, CIO support and more. Give us a call at 443-283-0666 or contact us here for more information.

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