Cybercrime Blog: Protecting your Business


Hackers don’t care how small your business is – period, full-stop. When it comes to cyberattacks, they are more likely to target the companies with the weakest security, no matter how large or small they may be. Ransomware attacks can be particularly devastating. The average cost to recover from a ransomware attack has risen to more than $84,000 And, it’s estimated that businesses will fall victim to ransomware every 11 seconds by 2021.

Cybercrime continues to be a big problem and cyberattacks get more sophisticated all the time. 87% of small business executives agree that security is a high priority and have made data privacy and security a part of their business culture.

To defend against ransomware and other cyberattacks, it’s important to look at the various points of entry and how malware can spread through your organization at multiple levels. By educating your staff, and employing the right tools, you can stop cybercrime at every stage of the attack.

Secure Your People

It is critical to make sure that the people who access your systems are who they say they are. Protect your sensitive data by verifying the identity of users, devices, and applications with secure two-factor authentication.

Secure Your Devices

Your team accesses your network in multiple ways. If you have a mobile or remote workforce, they

may be connecting from an office, a home laptop, or a mobile device. If malware gets on any user’s device, it can then spread through your network. Detect and block malware and viruses across employee devices with endpoint protection.

Secure Your Email

Every business uses email. And every day, people inadvertently click malicious links or open harmful email attachments that download ransomware. If your email is protected, the device can’t spread the ransomware across your network to critical systems. Cloud-based email like Office 365 isn’t immune from hacking either. An additional layer of security inside your cloud inbox is critical to ensure your inbox is safe.

Secure Your Network

Once malware finds a way in, it spreads across your network, and encrypts your files or takes down critical systems. The Internet and networks don’t work without the Domain Name System (DNS) to route data, and neither does most ransomware. DNS security provides the first line of defense against threats to protect users everywhere with flexible, fast, and effective cloud delivered security.

If you’re like a lot of small business owners, you probably don’t want to spend all day thinking about security. And we can help, as a Cisco partner we provide security solutions for small businesses that work hard for you all day every day, you can benefit from the same security technology that powers the world’s largest, most complex enterprises and stay focus on what matters most: growing your business.