Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, cyberattacks have exponentially risen. Criminals frequently demand ransom in exchange for data. The cost of ransom has gone up 33% in these last few months. Cybersecurity is critical to pay attention to for your business right now. Here we answer some of your FAQ. 

1. What is malware?

Malware is a messy virus you never want to cross paths with. In short, it’s a piece of software that hackers attach to a number of different things so it can be inconspicuously delivered to your computer where it wreaks havoc. They can have many purposes, but generally, they will corrupt your files, steal your data, and damage your ability to use your computer. You can read more about malware and other cyberattacks in our quick cybersecurity dictionary here.

2. How do I get malware?

Malware and other forms of cyberattacks can show up through different routes. An infected file from someone you know who has a virus, downloading any sort of media from the internet, free and insecure software, the list goes on.

3. How can I prevent cyberattacks?

Businesses need to set out clear cybersecurity policies for their employees. This policy should include where data should be saved, the procedure for downloading new software for work on business devices, backing up data, restricting admin rights, and two-factor authentication. Businesses should also provide their employees with education on best cybersecurity practices while investing in security technology. Consider hiring an IT security expert to support you in this.

4. My employees have anti-malware software installed on their devices. Isn’t this enough?

No. Cybercriminals have become sophisticated and launch attacks that your software will not detect. Modern-day spyware come through e-mails, websites that look legitimate, files, and so much more. Complicated passwords are not even enough these days as you may be prompted to log in to a site you are familiar with, only to find out the site you logged into was only posing as a credible site.

End-to-end security is critical for all businesses. This means employing an integrated approach that monitors all facets of your business, continually scanning all incoming data and sites for threats. You have to build a security wall around your business and each individual part that is vulnerable to cyberattacks. This involves much more than just an anti-malware software. And please, never download a free one! Check out our endpoint security offerings.

5. How do hackers find me?

In a way, you find them. They may send out hundreds of bogus e-mails posing as someone else or a different site. If you fall for the bait, you get trapped. The damage might not be obvious at first— hackers can lay low in the background and monitor what you’re doing online. You won’t know it’s happened, but you might expose sensitive data or financial information. It won’t be long before you see the results of the crime.

6. If my employees are working on their own devices, how can I keep them secure?

You definitely can keep them secure! Even if they are working remotely, there are many measures you can take to keep your business locked and protected from cybercriminals. You can learn how at our free webinar on August 13th. Spots are limited. You can register now here.