Raise your hand if this sounds like you (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone): You know cyber attacks are off the charts, and threats lurk around every seemingly-innocent corner. (After all, IT never lets you forget it.) But that hasn’t stopped you from zoning out during those mandatory security assessments. Hey, we’ve all been there.
Still, you don’t want to unintentionally put your company at risk. Follow this chart to see where you may have knowledge gaps so you don’t accidentally create chaos!
Why are We so Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?
95% of cybersecurity attacks and breaches happen due to employee errors. This is due to lack of knowledge, systems and employees rushing to complete their work to meet tight timelines.
A cybersecurity breach is one of the most disruptive experiences that a business will ever encounter. Aside from systems being down and staff not able to work, dealing with lawyers, law enforcement, insurance and upset customers is very stressful. Organizations must set the right priorities with a focus on cybersecurity prevention and protection.
Another reason is that people believe that it will never happen to them. Somehow they are immune or perhaps it’s too painful to think about the impact. With 71% of data breaches happening to small business, it’s important to plan ahead. The impact to employees and your business is more serious then you may have anticipated.
We created a helpful video and blog titled, “The Impact of Cyber Attacks on Businesses (you never imagined) and How to Prevent a Breach”. Click here to learn more.
The Human Firewall
Creating the “Human Firewall” in your organization is critical. Start by educating your employees with ongoing cybersecurity training awareness. Employees are vigilant when cybersecurity is top of mind, so make it a regular thing. We recommend quick video training once a week, followed by a quiz.
Click here to learn more about cybersecurity employee awareness training.
Why Small Businesses Need Cybersecurity
When it comes to cybersecurity, it’s been said, “it’s a matter of when, not if”. Cybercrime is expected to cost the world $6 trillion by the end of 2021. By 2025, this figure will climb to $10.5 trillion. 3 in 10 Canadian organizations observed a spike in cybercrime during the pandemic. Over 80% of businesses were hit by phishing scams and 50% by malware.
Small businesses must invest in cybersecurity prevention strategies or risk being part of the statistics and potentially going out of business.
How Vulnerable Are You? The First Step To Prevent a Cyber Attack?
You don’t know what you don’t know and that’s not a good cybersecurity strategy. The first step to preventing a cyber attack is to identify your vulnerabilities. Learn where your cybersecurity gaps exist within your systems. Conduct a cybersecurity assessment audit that will identify the weak areas, vulnerabilities gaps, so you can start to tighten up your cybersecurity hygiene and be prepared to prevent a cyber attack.
Not sure where to start or who to talk to? Call us at 416-900-6852 or TF 1-877-709-2656.
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