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Cyber security for small business

Cyber criminals have attacked small businesses in ever increasing numbers over the last decade. A key reason is the ease with which malicious software can be obtained: anyone who knows where to look can readily download the right programs if they plan to steal data or sensitive information.

Make no mistake — if your small business uses the internet (even if it’s just to send emails), then you are at risk. This webinar provides an overview of the modern cyber security landscape and the simple steps that small business owners can take to protect themselves.

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Key takeaways

  • Minimising the risk. Cyber security is best managed proactively, rather than in response to a crisis. That's because once a breach occurs, it can be difficult to reverse the reputation damage done to your business.
  • Small businesses are prime targets. Hacking software is now available on the dark web for anyone to buy, download and use. Because small businesses have not historically been targets of cybercrime, they tend to have less sophisticated cyber security policies. This has made them popular and easy targets for a new wave of cyber criminals.
  • Anti-virus software guards against a small proportion of threats. A wide range of security threats affect small business, but only a fraction of them can be managed through anti-virus software. For this reason, education is the most effective way to prevent cybercrime.
  • Don’t skimp on security. If your business stores sensitive information online, then consider outsourcing your security needs.

 

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