Even The Smallest Businesses Cannot Ignore IT Security

Even the smallest of businesses should pay careful attention to IT Security Attack prevention measures. The statistics speak for themselves. According to PwC around 74% of SMEs experienced a data security violation. Despite this, a recent investigation by Kaspersky Lab revealed that 82% of small businesses don’t think they are likely to have data breaches. Many of these attacks are simply solved with a change in behaviour or by implementing measures like cloud security.

Types Of Data Breaches That Happen To SMEs 

Attacks to a small businesses website or server happen in a few specific ways. A Distributed Denial Of Service, known as a DDoS, is when a hacker bombards a server or servers with requests from many sources. This means the website or IT system supported by that server or servers is then unavailable and denies service to users. Hacking unprotected databases and websites by adding code to the URL of the SME’s own website is an easy way to gain entry. More simply a hacker can check information on employees through social media providing them with enough information to guess passwords. An employee accessing an apparently legitimate, but unexpected email can result in a Malware download. This is a process known as phishing.

How To Avert These Attacks  

Free Training 

Avoiding data security breaches in small businesses is often simple. Following best practice guidelines for IT security is the easiest way to keep an IT network secure. Keeping staff training up to date is straight forward. Have a robust password policy that encourages staff to have complex passwords. These should contain combinations of letters, numbers and symbols. Ensuring staff delete any email they are suspicious of prevents Malware from accessing the network.

Changing Settings And Defaults 

Keep on top of the level of access that employees have to the network or system. Not all employees require administrative abilities. This will reduce any damage done if an attacker gains entry. Regularly updating the software with the latest version will keep newly discovered vulnerabilities from being attacked. When updating systems or installing new ones change default passwords and other details.

Cloud Security And Other Measures 

A DDoS or hacker accessing a website or server requires a little more of a robust response. Configure firewalls correctly to reject requests for access that are not from the right place. Using cloud computing will reduce the chances of being attacked. Cloud security is the most secure and financially efficient way to store data for a small business.

If you are concerned about the security of your data and want some valuable advice then give us a call on 01858 455100 or contact us here.

Eleven can help and advise you on how you can secure your data from threats. Give us a call on 01858 455100 or contact us here to find out how.



Author: Harry Leak
Eleven’s dynamic and strategic IT leader has helped clients of all shapes and sizes discover performance enhancing solutions to make their businesses prosper. His extensive specialist experience and lasting relationships with management and IT teams have driven change and innovation through IT and improved overall organisational performance.  Harry’s broad experience comes from a wide range of IT service, sales and management positions, including working with SMEs, large corporate organisations with in-house IT teams and the education sector..

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