In early 2018, headlines announced that Australia has endured yet another Russian-generated cyber attack. Nearly 400 Australian companies fell victim to the latest nationwide attack.The scary thing is‚Äîone needn't be an enterprise-level company to become a cyber attack victim. Lower-level thugs target small businesses on a daily basis, looking to make fast money and move on to the next victim.In fact, over 70 percent of all cyber attacks victimise small businesses, say researchers. Vigilance, from the home personal computer to the global corporation, must become a habit to adequately prepare for a cyber attack.According to ComputerWeekly.com, the hacker market has become almost a ‚Äòmarketplace', complete with ‚Äò..,ratings‚Ä¶websites, and 24/7 customer support'. That means, according to the tech industry journal, that Australia's small- to medium-sized businesses must harden their defences against phishing and ransomware. Phishing and ransomware are the most common ways cyber attacks go after smaller businesses.
Prepare for Cyber Attacks by Forewarning Employees
The adage, ‚Äòforewarned is forearmed', couldn't be more appropriate when it comes to a cyber attack. Experts advise businesses to warn employees and management about the insidious ways hackers try to get to a company's financial and customer data. Many phishers even use social media posts to gain trust‚Äîand therefore access‚Äîto a company's files to steal.
Outsource Cyber Security If You Can't Afford Your Own Department
Most small- to medium-sized businesses can't afford a full-time cybersecurity staff, let alone one with cutting-edge expertise. Those businesses should consider outsourcing security to managed services or a cloud service that does have the manpower and expertise to keep a close eye on their security. Those who do are the most successful.
Monitor Employee Activity for Cyber Attacks
Some cyber attacks happen at the hands of employees. Have sensible restrictions in place to guard your sensitive data from unscrupulous employees.
Make It Difficult for Cyber Attacks to Occur
People don't leave their office doors unlocked‚Äîso why would one do the same thing for their computers and routers? Stiffen security with strong passwords, with frequent security system updates, back up data frequently, encrypt data, and use egress filtering to make it difficult for hackers to get into the system. The more precautions taken, the more likely cyber criminals are to choose a more vulnerable victim.
Protect Home and Business with Cyber Attack Insurance
Finally, for complete peace of mind, consider insurance that can protect businesses or individuals from financial loss, should a cyber attack occur. To find an insurance broker you can trust to provide adequate cyber insurance coverage in case you are impacted by a cyber attack, choose someone whose ratings and reviews from other customers just like you show that they're capable of handling your insurance needs. For that, look no further than Advisr.com.au. Our rated and reviewed professionals are trustworthy, experienced, knowledgeable‚Äîand ready to serve. Connect with a cyber insurance broker you can trust on Advisr today.
General Advice Warning: This advice is general and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider whether the advice is appropriate for you and your personal circumstances. Before you make any decision about whether to acquire a certain product, you should obtain and read the relevant product disclosure statement. Andy Jamieson ABN: 17613588266
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