How do I protect my business against cyber attacks?

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It’s becoming more of a common question ‘How do I protect my business against cyber attacks’. Unfortunately, the cyber security sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK B2B economy. It is unfortunate because it means there is a demand from business owners to protect their company data and IT infrastructure as more and more cyber attacks take place against UK businesses.

Cyber attacks happen to businesses of all shapes and sizes – nobody is safe without taking the right precautionary measures. Depending on the size of your business and what type of digital data assets you hold there are measures even the smallest businesses can take.

There are literally hundreds of new Malware released by hackers every hour of the day. It is a never ending battle to protect and mitigate future Malware attacks. So is sitting back and hoping you don’t get hit an option? The odds are stacked against you if this is your chosen route.

Research published by Cyberella have discovered that more than 750,000 new malicious apps have sprung out during the first quarter of 2017, with an estimated total number that suggests around 3.5 million will be in circulation by the end of 2017.

There are many types of Malware being released including Spyware, true viruses, worm viruses, keyloggers and many other types of malicious code that breaches computer security.

Why does Malware even exist in the first place?

Malware was initially created by computer hackers to experiment and hack systems as a form of peer kudos which inevitably saw the rise to profiteering by the use of Malware. Such monetisation comes in the form of forced advertising (Adware), stealing data and information (Spyware), email spam (zombie computers), or to extort financial gain (Ransomware).

How best to protect your business?

Speak to your IT team and make sure they have the right provisions and advice in place for your staff. Make sure they are teamed up with a reputable security company who themselves are staying ahead of the game.

If you are a smaller business then speak to your hosting company and make sure your website has Malware detection and automatic removal in place. Talk to them about email security and the advice or services they offer. Remember, however, the best protection from Malware is to be careful about what email attachments you or your staff open, be cautious when browsing the internet and stay away from suspicious websites. It is also key to install and maintain updated, quality antivirus software.