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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone reading this that cybersecurity is of the utmost importance in business. With the ever-changing, rapidly world of tech, having strong information security practices could mean preventing information breaches and monetary loss for you and your clients.

According to a survey from KPMG and British Telecom, only 22 percent of companies have a thorough plan to prevent and address cyber security breaches. According to the same survey, an astounding 97% of companies have said they have suffered a breach or attack.

Attacks often come in the form of ransomware, which is the most common kind of cyber attack. Ransomware is increasing in prevalence and has global reach. According to TrendMicro, there was a 172% increase in ransomware kinds in 2016, with some notable attacks on businesses such as the University of Calgary. There’s a lot to know about ransomware! Curious about the basics? Check out our quick rundown here.

The bottom line here is that cyber security risks are increasing, and it’s important to be prepared. With that in mind, we’ve compiled 5 tips to help keep your business’s security as tight as possible.

  1. Don’t connect services to the internet unless it’s necessary. By minimizing the places for an attack to happen, the risk of an attack is reduced.
  2. If you are outsourcing emails, do your homework on the reputation of the company and opt into security features like two-factor authentication, and even better, a physical security key.
  3. Regularly check for weaknesses in security.
  4. Train your staff on cyber security best practices.
  5. Stay up to date on new risks!

If you have questions about how to improve your cyber security practices in your business, get in touch with us. We know our stuff and are happy to help!