Your small business is under attack. Right now, extremely dangerous and well-funded cybercrime rings are using sophisticated techniques to hack into thousands of small businesses to steal credit cards, blackmail you to recover data and swindle money directly out of your bank account.
82,000 NEW malware threats are being released every single day and HALF of the cyber-attacks
occurring are aimed at small businesses just like yours. You just don’t hear about it because it’s kept quiet for fear of bad PR, lawsuits and sheer embarrassment.
The National Cyber Security Alliance reports that 1 in 5 small businesses have been victims of
cybercrime in the last year and this number is growing rapidly as businesses continue to move to cloud computing and mobile device, and to store more information online.

Here are 7 critical security measures your business must have in place to have any
chance of fending off these criminals:

1. Train Employees On Security Best Practices. The #1 vulnerability for business networks is the employees using them. If they don’t know how to spot infected e-mails or online scams, they could infect your entire network.
2. Create An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) And Enforce It! An AUP outlines how employees are permitted to use company-owned PCs, devices, software, Internet access and e-mail. Having this type of policy is critical if your employees are using their own devices to access company e-mail and data.
3. Require STRONG passwords throughout your company. Passwords should be at least 8 characters and contain lowercase and uppercase letters, symbols and at least one number.
4. Keep Your Network Up-To-Date. New vulnerabilities are found almost daily on common software programs you use all the time; therefore it’s critical you patch and update systems frequently.
5. Have An Excellent Backup. A quality backup can foil even the most aggressive ransomware attacks, where a hacker locks up your files and holds them ransom until you pay up. If your files are backed up, you don’t have to pay to get your data back.
6. Don’t Allow Employees To Download Unauthorized Software. One of the fastest ways to access your network is by embedding malicious code in seemingly harmless apps.
7. Don’t Scrimp On A Good Firewall. Your firewall is the frontline defense against hackers, so you need a really good one, with monitoring and maintenance done regularly.

Want Help In Implementing These 7 Essentials?
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Jason Marilla

Jason is a partner, consultant and project manager with Axiom. He has 20 + years of information technology experience and is an all around geek, entrepreneur, athlete and adventurer. He's been in the IT field since the Windows NT 3.51 days (if you've never heard of Windows NT then that should tell you how old the product is). He is a Centennial College and Ryerson University graduate who is constantly endeavoring to learn more about technology, life hacking and business in the hopes of applying it to improve his life and lives of others through the sharing of knowledge. He hopes to empower his team at Axiom, his business partners and his clients to be able to take informed actions and timely decisions. Knowledge is not power until you act on it after all.