The 5 Most Effective Ways for Startups to Protect Against Cyber Attacks
The digital age has been a boon to businesses both large and small. New forms of communication and ways to share data have completely reinvented how we function as a society. Unfortunately, this change has also led to new ways for us to fall prey to malicious attacks.
According to cyber research from the Herjavec Group, cybercrimes will cost a staggering $6 trillion in damages annually by 2021. When faced with an outpour of malicious attacks, startups are especially at risk as fledgling businesses. In order to protect your startup, here are the 5 most effective ways to prevent cyber attacks.
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Fight Phishing with Spam Filters
In 2017, spam emails accounted for more than 56% of all email traffic according to Kapersky Labs. More than likely, dozens of phishing attempts and malware links are lying in your junk mail folder right this minute. This is also the case for legitimate businesses, including startups.
Spam filters are used to keep your inbox filled with as little junk mail as possible. They do a good job at weeding out the obvious threats but can also catch some legitimate emails as well. Because of this, you should ensure your spam filters are setup properly with the correct settings.
Keep All Software Up to Date
Software developers have to keep apprised of any and all security flaws and exploits as they develop. Without doing so, their customers can be left vulnerable to numerous cyber attacks.
You should always keep both your operating system and any tools and software suites you use up to date. The same goes for your anti-virus software as well. As a startup, with more workstations means more upkeep to ensure all machines are up to date as well.
Have a Strict Online Policy for Employees
The world is social thanks to the digital age, and employees are people too. However, in order to keep your business, customers, and employees safe, it’s best to keep a strict online conduct policy.
You should make it clear what employees can and can’t discuss or say about the company online. Even sharing minute details of their projects on Twitter can result in more ammunition for a phishing campaign to target your startup.
Use Two-Factor Authentication
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) allows you to verify and sign in with your smartphone either via text or mobile app. This ensures that even if someone else has your password that they’ll be less likely to gain access to your accounts as they’ll physically need to possess your phone as well. Having your more essential and important accounts setup with 2FA can save you many headaches later on.
Utilize SSL Certificates
Using advanced Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates for your website minimizes the risk of a third party gaining your customer’s data on your end. This is especially useful when you’re taking payments from your customers to reduce the risk of credit card theft. For added security, you can speak with your specific payment gateway processor on ways to ensure that the link between your server and theirs is secure.