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6 Indices That Your Business Is at Risk of a Cybersecurity Attack

Businesses now place a greater emphasis on cloud operations, automated technologies for managing daily chores, and remote work options.

Though all of these developments can boost productivity and boost your bottom line, it's crucial to remember that they also put you at a higher risk of cybersecurity attacks. The consequences of not being ready can be disastrous.

Protecting your digital assets and your business as a whole will depend on your ability to recognize your weaknesses and take preventative measures.

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1. You are still using Windows 7
Microsoft is no longer providing support for Windows 7 as it has achieved end-of-life status. There are no more updates for security patching available, which puts anyone still using Windows 7 for business at significant danger of attack, particularly if they use it for email or banking.

2. Insufficient cybersecurity awareness
The majority of the most frequent cybersecurity issues are caused by human error, such as clicking on a malicious website link, unintentionally opening an infected attachment, or disclosing private information to a hacker posing as a colleague or executive. Simple but thorough training on email security, password management, web browsing safety, and social engineering detection can have a significant impact.

By providing your staff with the practical skills they need to better defend your company against the risks of data breaches, network attacks, and ransomware threats, cybersecurity awareness training will quickly raise employee awareness levels.

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3. Inappropriate use of business equipment and remote workers
You could put yourself at danger for an attack by engaging in simple bad habits like leaving your computer open and unattended. The implications of leaving computers, company-issued mobile devices, or tablets in a parked car may not be what you expect.

Use of company computers for personal email and web browsing makes users more vulnerable to phishing attacks.

Data breaches are possible while using a work device to connect to unsecure or "free" Wi-Fi. It's crucial to have written corporate policies that every employee has accepted.

4. Improper data storage and transportation
Although one of a company's most precious assets, data, is rarely securely stored, transmitted, or safely backed up by businesses. Data can be encrypted in one of three states: at rest, in use, or in transit. The security measures and best practices that each of these calls for must be followed. Flexible yet effective data security rules that address issues like the protection of sensitive data, shady user behavior, and compliance are necessary to fully safeguard your data from security risks and data breaches

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5. Ignoring security due to cost savings or other reasons
The purpose of a password is defeated if you leave it written down on a post-it note next to your computer. Furthermore, you could run a higher danger if you don't periodically change your password.

Don't reduce spending on personnel or cybersecurity training. Smart managed IT service providers and cybersecurity firms put an emphasis on prevention, and your budget should reflect this. Avoid using reactive spending in the event of a breach; defending against a cyberattack is expensive. Concentrate on reducing your risk.

6. Failure to patch and update services is item
Don't disregard software update alerts. Regular updates frequently address issues, enhance compatibility and performance, as well as patch newly identified security vulnerabilities.

Please do not hesitate to contact ACM at 6259 5962 or email us at info@achievement.com.sg for a free IT consultation to learn more about risks and prevention.

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