Here’s a statistic that will frighten owners of small businesses. According to a recent story by Entrepreneur Magazine – the magazine cited data from tech security company Symantec – companies with one to 250 employees were the unwilling recipient of 30 percent of all cyber crimes in 2012. Why is this statistic important? It offers proof that small businesses who don’t enact a cybersecurity plan are placing themselves at risk of suffering their own cyber attacks.

Anti-Virus

The Entrepreneur story lays out some basic steps all small business owners should implement to defend their companies from cyber criminals. The first? Install anti-virus software on your computers. It’s true that this software won’t catch every virus which comes your company’s way. Nevertheless computers are easy targets if you don’t have any anti-virus software set up on them.

E-mail Mistakes

You should also teach your employees e-mail skills. Specifically, you should teach them which e-mail messages that they need to delete. We all receive a great deal of suspicious e-mail messages, and a lot of of them now originate from senders whom we actually recognize. The trick is to avoid the ones that somehow don’t look right. Staff members must also understand that if they open an e-mail that turns out to be suspicious they should immediately delete it, and they mustn’t click on any of its links.

Firewalls

Finally, Entrepreneur states that businesses can protect themselves by using firewalls. A firewall will protect business’ incoming and outgoing traffic. Firewalls can also keep employees from viewing certain Web sites. That can protect your business, too — many viruses come from dangerous sites.

 

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