Many small and medium businesses (SMEs) allowed employees to work remotely for the first time in 2020 and have decided to continue to support remote or hybrid work indefinitely.
Even those businesses who called most employees back to the office now operate in a significantly different, more cloud-centric technology environment.
While they offer many benefits, tools like Microsoft 365, OneDrive, Teams, and Zoom open the door to cyber security threats. To cyber criminals, SMEs look like an easier target than large corporations. In fact, 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses. And, with rising ransomware and phishing attacks becoming significant threats, 66% of SMBs report that they are concerned or extremely concerned.
Can your business confidently handle a cyber attack?
Read on to discover some of our top tips for keeping your business safe from cybercrime.
Avoid clicking on unknown links, ads and websites
This may sound self-explanatory, but the reality is that anyone can make a mistake.
It's important to always verify links and websites in emails before you click on anything. In most cases these will look the same to trick you. On closer inspection though, there are characteristics you can spot. These can be, but are not limited to, typos, grammar mistakes or even messy layout.
Keep your software and devices up-to-date
This is very important as new updates come with patches for previous vulnerabilities. Keeping your tech updated means closing the door on any identified weaknesses.
Train your employees
You should ensure you provide your employees with cyber awareness training. Ideally, when you onboard a new member of staff you should provide mandatory cyber security training so they're informed about the current threat landscape and the procedures they need to follow from day one. We also recommend regular training for all staff too, keeping them aware of the latest cybersecurity best practice.
Open attachments with caution and never from unknown sources
Be careful when opening attachments, and never open them from unknown senders. This particularly important if the attachments are compressed files or in ZIP formats.
Back up your data
Backing up your data is crucial. If the worst case scenario happens, you'll need to rely on your backup to regain access to your files, systems, and everything else - getting you back up and running quickly. Without a suitable back up solution, your business risks losing everything in the event of a cyber attack.
At KubeNet, we are a Datto Platinum Partner, working with this industry leader to offer solutions that protect your business at every level, including:
SaaS Defense for Microsoft 365, which blocks incoming malware attacks spread by email or through collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Sharepoint and Exchange.
Datto RMM for remote monitoring and management of your PCs, servers, and network, with specific features for ransomware detection and remediation.
A complete suite of back up solutions for data on your own servers and in cloud services like Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure, and Google Suite, all of which can come under attack. That way, even if the defence and detection layers should miss something, you have the option of restoring everything to a clean, ransomware-free state from before the attack.
Many businesses today can’t live without the flexibility and connectivity they get from modern cloud collaboration tools, and certainly no business can operate without email. The trick is to leverage the power of digital connectivity while guarding against the opportunities it creates for cyber criminals. For that, you need layered cyber security defence, which KubeNet can help you implement - enabling prevention, early detection, and swift recovery of your systems. Ultimately, giving you the peace of mind that your business is protected from cybercrime.
How safe is your business right now?
Download our Cyber Security Checklist to get an idea of your business' current level of protection. Need help closing the gaps? Our team are on hand to get the right cybersecurity solutions for your needs.