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cybersecuritySB-2Perhaps you’ve heard the report that all Fortune 500 companies have been hacked. Whether or not this is 100% true, it certainly should be alarming.

Nevertheless, we don’t worry about what happens to the large companies; after all the Neiman Marcus’ and Targets are infinitely bigger than your small or medium business, right?

Headlines are made when the big boys are breached, but when the so-called “little guys” get hacked, the result is much more terrifying. In fact, 60% of small businesses that suffer a cyberattack will shut down completely.

So, what can your small or medium-sized business do to prevent a data breach?

How to Avoid Potential Cyber Security Risks

One of the best ways to identify the potential for a security risk at your company is to have an assessment implemented by a professional. Think of it like getting a checkup at your doctor’s office.

A data breach—prior to reaching critical levels—is similar to high blood pressure in that there are seldom any warning signs.   Just as in life, prevention is the key. Here are a few tips for avoiding a cyber attack within your small/medium business:

• Be intelligent with your smartphone

NEVER use your mobile device to complete online financial transactions. Sure, we all do it, but you’re really making life too easy for a hacker when you do. A mobile device is much easier to breach than a computer network.

• Use a separate computer for online banking

Oftentimes, especially in smaller businesses, the same computer that is used for online banking is also used for many other daily needs. Invest in a computer that you will only use for online banking.

• Keep your virus protection up to date

This sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many data breaches occur due to out of date or faulty virus protection.

• Secure your laptops, tablets and smartphones

Smartphones need to be password protected. Remember, that’s a mini-computer in your pocket, and even if you have the gigantic new iPhone 6 Plus, it’s VERY easy to leave it behind or have it slip out of your pocket.

The same goes for laptops and tablets. They’re highly portable, which also makes them easy to steal.

• Make sure your business’ network is protected by file integrity monitoring

The most important step you can take to ensure your client’s sensitive data isn’t compromised is to install file integrity monitoring (FIM) on your network. FIM is the ultimate in preventive medicine for your company’s network. It can detect a breach long before it reaches a critical stage.

EzFIM: The best FIM solution

In order to keep hackers at bay, a solid File Integrity Management system, such as EzFIM’s award-winning and affordable product, is critical. Not only will your sensitive data be more secure, but you’ll also have the jump on remaining audit-free as EzFIM ensures PCI DSS 3.0 code compliance.

For more information on how EzFIM can help with security, contact one of our Tech Security experts today at: (855) 393-4666 or email them at info@ezfim.com