I love my laptop. It even has a name—Oliver. It’s an important tool in my life, and I doeverything possible to keep it safe! If it’s not with me, I’ll lock it up so it isn’t stolen. I have not one, but two cases to shield it from damage. The login is even password protected for privacy. This safety scheme seemed impermeable, but despite the series of protective barriers, my plan isn’t foolproof– I realized I needed to shield Oliver from cyber threats! I recently learned about cyberattacks, a relatively unfamiliar phenomenon surfacing as a threat for computer systems. While these act as threats to mycomputer, this risk is insignificant compared that for small business owners. Since small businesses store important information of their own, as well as data from their clients, there is a lot compromised with these types of threats.
Unlike other criminal attacks, cyber threats are intangible and perhaps more intricate in design. A cyberattack is a deliberate attempt to exploit a computer system. Through hackers, viruses, and spyware, these cyberattacks can alter computer code or data, and ultimately result with detrimental consequences: data breach, identity theft, and other cyber crimes.
But though the thought of a cyberattack may seem overwhelming or threatening, there are some easy ways to prevent and prepare for the event of such. This week, we will share some information and tips to keep you informed and equipped for cyber threats, especially for small businesses. Each day we will introduce anew topic. Whether it be preparation through planning, data breach prevention, or damage control after attack, we will cover the essential topics. Stay tuned!