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Cyber Security

What SMBs Should Know About Cyber Security

Some businesses see cybersecurity as a cost center, instead of an investment.

1. The ransomware risk is rising for SMBs

With more than 70 percent of ransomware attacks now targeting SMBs, protecting against ransomware is one of the biggest challenges that SMBs currently face.

What is needed is create a ransomware response plan that includes detection, cause assessment, recovery, and prevention.

Attackers are becoming better at crafting sophisticated spam emails that are successful with SMBs—and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) attacks are gaining steam – RDP and spam emails.

 As ransomware gets more sophisticated, it is of utmost importance that SMBs have the ability to restore their database to a point in time with reliable cloud backup and recovery solution.

2. A multi-layered security approach is key

In an era of sophisticated cyber threats, having a firewall and antivirus software aren’t enough. It is important for SMBs to embrace a multi-layered security approach, which refers to combining multiple mitigating security controls to protect data and operations on multiple layers.

  • With new strains of malware emerging every few seconds, investing in automated threat detection and response that can proactively prevent threats has become imperative using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for stopping zero-day threats that exploit unknown computer security vulnerabilities.
  •  Next is the DNS layer. According to a recent report, businesses experienced an average of nine or more DNS-based attacks in the last year. Why businesses need DNS protection? Uncontrolled internet access is a high-risk activity for any business, regardless of size. Faced with today’s sophisticated attacks, endpoint security alone is no longer enough to stay safe from modern cybercrime.
  • Network segmentation—a step that limits the type of network access that certain users, or devices may have, by dividing the network into sub-networks—can help restrict the amount of damage malware can cause. It can essentially block the spread of malware from end user systems to core systems that house sensitive data.

3. Don’t forget to educate end users

With cyber attackers frequently changing their attack strategy, ongoing security awareness training needs to incorporate those changes into simulated phishing attacks and training courses.

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