5 Cyber Security Best Practices to Prevent Your Company from a Cyber Attack

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While you may assume there is minimal possibility of someone breaking into your company’s information systems and stealing sensitive data, the reality is that it absolutely can happen. In fact, cyber attacks on businesses are very common. The National Cyber Security Alliance found that nearly half of small businesses have experienced a cyber attack, and more than 70 percent of attacks target small businesses.

Small and mid-sized companies often lack the cyber security protocols and IT security staff used to protect large companies, making them especially vulnerable to attack. It’s important to try to prevent such data breaches at your business because they can be costly to repair.

A recent analysis by the Ponemon Institute found that the average breach costs businesses $1.41 per record compromised, and the total cost of a breach — including the repair costs as well as lost revenue — can reach well over a million dollars. On top of that, a breach that compromises sensitive information such as your customers’ credit card numbers or your employees’ social security numbers could cost your business its reputation.

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