If you're anything like us, you probably know a lot about cybersecurity. After all, we live in a world where cybercrime is becoming more and more prominent. There is a never-ending stream of news articles every day about the risks associated with our online presence and how we can protect our businesses from them. You don't have to be a technology company to be at risk of a digital attack. As recent high-profile incidents show, even major corporations are vulnerable. Here are some basics you need to know about cybersecurity and how we can protect our businesses from cyberattacks.

A cybersecurity incident occurs when access to computer networks, data, e-mails, or other information is removed or altered without authorization. Typically, it results from an incident in an organization's computer systems and often involves the loss of clients, vendors, financials, and critical information needed to run your business.

Companies of all sizes are looking at personal protective measures against cyberattacks. Security threats and cyberattacks have made cybersecurity a critical issue nowadays. This can be difficult for some, as managing a network of assets is not always easy. There's no doubt that the fastest way to become a cyber victim is to lose or have data damaged that is stored on a company's server. The average company loses millions of dollars annually because they were unaware of the common cybersecurity threats plaguing their industry. But if you're proactive, you can avoid these mistakes.

Encrypting and protecting a business's sensitive data keeps the company's daily operations running smoothly. While this may be rare, it is worth investing in adequately protecting your business' website and online assets from hacking attempts and malware. Some businesses never deal with this issue, while their networks need regular attention from others. Hiring a Managed Security Service Provider will help mitigate hacking attempts, respond timely by quarantining the attack and get the client on a clean network!

For companies to operate securely in today's technological world, they must implement cybersecurity protections. These protections include firewall protection, anti-virus programs, and encryption codes that keep hackers from quickly accessing sensitive data. It also provides data backup systems if any security incident occurs that may cause damage to systems or information.

Small and Medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are attractive targets for attackers.

According to Chuck Brooks, statistics show that this year will see a rise in cyberattacks, with small businesses being the most vulnerable. A recent study revealed that over 50% of businesses don't have the right security measures in place, and 66% stated they had been attacked this year until now. The hackers do not differentiate SMBs and large businesses regarding the data they are trying to obtain. Because both hold sensitive data, SMBs are more vulnerable due to them not having as sophisticated defense tools or expert teams as large businesses. Hence, cybersecurity may seem overwhelmingly complex for SMB owners. SMBs all aim to grow as a focal point, and they cannot afford to stay unprepared for cyberattacks that may happen at any time. Incidents in security can happen in the blink of an eye. To expand even more, ask yourself, "How prepared is my business?"

Here is a quick checklist to help you determine your readiness against cyberattacks:

Can your company afford downtime? And what is the hourly cost for your company?
How quickly can you recover from a cyberattack?
Who is in charge of my network infrastructure if/when a cyberattack occurs?
Are my employees well equipped to combat a cyberattack?
What resources does my company have to better protect our data?
Does everyone in the company know how to appropriately respond to a cyber incident?
How often is cybersecurity awareness taught within the company?

If you could not confidently answer the questions provided, Call us today at 407-995-6766 or e-mail info@aurorainfotech.com to set up your FREE discovery call with one of our experts.