Cyberattacks: Is Your Business Prepared?
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Cyberattacks: Is Your Business Prepared?
Last month, the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) had to shut down their online services due to thousands of accounts being breached through cyberattacks.
Unfortunately this impacted people who were attempting to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), as the shutdown made it unable to do so for the time being.
“These attacks, which used passwords and usernames collected from previous hacks of accounts worldwide, took advantage of the fact that many people reuse passwords and usernames across multiple accounts.”
With the release of this information, it should spark the question, “Is my business prepared in case a cyberattack happens?” If you don’t know where to start, let’s talk about a few of the essentials for cybersecurity.
Realize That You Are Under a Cyberattack
Most cyberattacks are not aimed, but rather the hackers getting lucky due to poor protection by the business. The CRA may have been chosen, but around 50% of successful attacks are against small or medium sized businesses, the low hanging fruit which spend very little on cybersecurity.
Make a choice to shift your thinking, your business is under attack every day, realize this and put the best defense you can afford in place.
Define Capabilities and Identify Gaps
What are the core elements of your business’ current cybersecurity program? When you understand what the cybersecurity program is capable of, it is easier to identify where gaps may lie in the system. These gaps could be the cause of a future cyberattack.
Have a Cyberattack Incident Response Plan in Place
An essential for cybersecurity is having an incident response plan in place for your business. The basics for an incident response plan includes the scope and impact of the event, appropriate responses and having effective communication to all stakeholders involved.
Communicating effectively is important, especially when difficult information may be involved. Rely on employees who have the most experience and skills to do the communicating, whether it be to the media or customers depending on the event’s situation.
Regardless of your industry, you must have a plan that is ready as you never know when a cyberattack may happen. The incident response plan must be clear with specific roles defined for employees.
IT Innovation: Don’t Get Left in the Dust
The world of IT is constantly changing, so updates are always needed when it comes to your business’ technology. Try to become more comfortable with new technology as it relates to your business’ cybersecurity. You have to stay up-to-date or ahead of the game when ensuring your data is secured.
Burnt Orange offers fully managed data and network security services to help your Saskatoon and area business benefit from industry-leading technology, strategic security processes, proactive solutions, and reliable guidance from a team of experts.
Your business must manage the reality that the digital world is wonderful, making things easier but also a dangerous space that needs to be secured. Although you can’t control what might happen, Burnt Orange IT Solutions can help you control the impact a cyberattack may have on your business, in the unfortunate circumstance of it happening.
We hope this article gave you some insight. If you want to ensure your business’s IT security, contact the Trusted Saskatoon IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions and we can take IT worries off your plate.
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