IT Security Tip: If you’ve ever said this, you’re asking to be hacked!
Do you believe it's only huge corporations that are the targets of IT Hackers? What do most small or medium sized business owners and managers believe about their own risk in terms of their IT security? ''We're too small....nobody would want to hack us.'' It is this very attitude and the number 1 reason why people (companies) are victims of hackers. It is why their own and their client's data is stolen.
One thing is for certain: NO ONE and no business is immune to cybercrime or IT hackers. In fact, one in five small businesses fall victim to cybercrime and that number grows every year. Plus, half of all cyber-attacks are aimed at small businesses BECAUSE they make themselves low-hanging fruit with sloppy or non-existent IT security protocols. The attitude that 'it won't be me,' or to save a few pennies in the short-term often has disastrous consequences in the long term. Indeed, it could potentially sink your business.
And one more critical point to ponder: If YOU aren’t giving IT security the attention it deserves, how do you think your CLIENTS would feel about that? If for no other reason, you need to do it to protect your clients’ data, even if the only information about them you store is an e-mail address. If YOUR system gets compromised, hackers will now have access to your CLIENTS’ e-mail and can use that for phishing scams and virus-laden spam.
I’m sure your clients want you to be a good guardian of their information and privacy, so stop lying to yourself if you are taking risks with your business by having poor or no IT security measures in your business. Now is the time to get serious about putting essential security practices in place.
Cybercrime is at an all-time high, and hackers are setting their sights on small and medium businesses who are “low hanging fruit.” Don’t be their next victim! You can learn more here about IT security and what you should be doing or your IT consultant should be doing to protect your business.
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