When COVID hit, businesses pivoted to working remotely and employees were connecting to networks from their homes. In the past year and half, as the workforce has been redefined, not only has there been an increase in remote work and hybrid work, we’ve also seen an increase in a gig economy, growing 33% in 2020. In turn, The FBI reports that since the start of the coronavirus, cyberattacks have increased by 300%. This surge in attacks is due to the increase in online traffic and hackers becoming more creative and sophisticated.
Whether your business still has employees working remotely or you’re transitioning back to the office, keeping everyone secure should be top of mind. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and we wanted to share a few tips to make sure your business assets are protected.
- Be Cyber Smart.
- Secure your network. If your employees are working remotely or even from the office, ensuring wireless routers are secure is essential to keeping hackers at bay.
- Find a trustworthy business internet partner. Having a reliable internet partner is key to keeping your business up and running safely with the speed and protection you need.
- Fight the Phish.
- Trust your gut. Be suspicious of unsolicited emails; don’t click any links or provide any personal information.
- Don’t provide any personal information or information about your business unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information.
- Educate your employees. Send out regular reminders to employees with Cyber Smart tips to ensure proper cybersecurity precautions are being implemented both at work and at home.
- Explore. Experience. Share.
- Cybersecurity professionals play a vital role in ensuring security. Take time to evaluate your team and see if an additional role to monitor your security could be beneficial for your business.
- Share cybersecurity tips and information to help others.
- Cybersecurity First.
- If you connect it, protect it. Make sure you stay updated with the latest virus protection software.
- Add multi-factor authentication to ensure accounts are secure and the only person who has access to the account is the owner.
Keeping your business safe and protected is the most important thing, no matter your size. To learn more about cybersecurity and how to #BeCyberSmart, visit https://www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month.