October: Cyber Security Awareness Month

October: Cyber Security Awareness Month

As the coronavirus continues to make us work from home, the cybercriminals are getting laser-focused at finding their next target. These hackers are mainly focused on attacking small and medium-sized businesses because the hackers know that SMBs are focused on surviving in this challenging time.

Did you know that, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – Sixty per cent of small companies that suffer a cyber-attack are out of business within six months”?

Don’t take cybersecurity lightly!

Here are 9 tips to protect yourself from Cyber Attacks during the pandemic:

  1. Ensure your IT guy/ IT department is taking daily backup of all the company devices, even when the employees are working from home.
  2. Encourage your employees to change their home Wi-Fi password every two-weeks. If the home Wi-Fi is secure, so will be their work and personal data on different devices connected to the home Wi-Fi.
  3. Changing times have changed the kind of attacks. Protect yourself from new attacks like Zoom-Bombing. Not sure what Zoom-Bombing is? Read our latest blog article to learn about what setting you need to change in your Zoom account to protect yourself from Zoom-Bombing.
  4. Use office laptops for work ONLY. Restricted use of the office computer and devices will restrict access to unsafe sites.
  5. Ensure your employees are not using their personal cell phone number for work calls
  6. Use multifactor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a must.
  7. Turn on endpoint protection against malware, this should be active in the background continuously 24/7. When employees moved out of the office, they were no longer covered by onsite URL filtering.
  8. Do not click on any email link with the subject line COVID-19 in it. The Covid19 subject line phishing emails are on the rise. Don’t believe us? Read this our blog If You Think Your Business Is Too Small To Be Hacked During The Pandemic… You’re A Cybercriminal’s #1 Target, which will make you think otherwise.
  9. Lastly, provide your employees with appropriate training that will educate them on cyber attacks. If any of your employees accidentally clicks on an illegitimate email, it only means they didn’t know anything otherwise.

We know that it is particularly difficult for SMBs to invest additional time and money needed for cybersecurity, but we think that is not your job. It should come proactively from your IT provider. That is precisely what we do here at Idealogical for our clients. Our cyber security services are provided to our clients within their Managed IT services.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns about cybersecurity. You can reach us by email at [email protected] or by phone 905-474-4332