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How to protect your small business from cyberattacks in 2023: practical tips and solutions

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Julien Déprez - Head of Sales

February 23, 2023

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In 2022, 52% of French companies reported having suffered a cyber attack, 60% of which are SMEs.

Cyber risks are ubiquitous, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which can often be prime targets for hackers. Therefore, it is crucial for SMBs to understand the risks and preventative measures to avoid financial and reputational losses. Here, we will discuss the cyber risks that SMEs face and the steps they can take to protect themselves.

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🥷 Types of cyberattacks

Cyber attacks can take many forms, each with its own objectives. The most common include: 

  • Phishing attacks Phishing attacks: cybercriminals send fraudulent e-mails with the aim of obtaining confidential information, such as login details and passwords. 
  • Ransomware attacks (=ransomware) hackers block access to company data and demand a ransom to release it. 
  • Denial of service attacks (DDoS) attacks Hackers send massive requests to overload the company's servers, which can cause downtime and financial losses. 
  • Brute force attacks Cybercriminals use programs to try to guess passwords by exploiting security weaknesses. 

⚠️ The consequences of cyber attacks

  • Data loss: Cyberattacks can result in the loss of important business data, including financial and customer information. 
  • Loss of revenue: A company's revenue can be directly impacted as a result of a cyberattack as it can lead to an interruption in business operations, customer service and payment processing.  
  • Legal Consequences: A company can be held liable for a cyber attack that occurs on its network, including data breaches and disclosure of personal data. This can lead to costly lawsuits. 
  • Loss of customer confidence: Following a cyberattack, customers may be concerned about the security of their data and may choose to go elsewhere for their needs. 

🩹 How do you effectively protect yourself?

There are several steps SMBs can take to protect themselves against cyberattacks. Here is a list of simple but effective measures that can be taken very quickly: 

  • Train and awareness Employees: Employee training is critical to preventing phishing attacks and ensuring employees are aware of the risks associated with opening emails and attachments from unknown sources. 
  • Train your teams Whether it's your technical teams or not, everyone must be prepared to face a cyber attack. 
  • Use strong pass words: It is important to use strong passwords and to change them regularly. 
  • Keeping software up-to-date: SMBs need to ensure that their software is always up-to-date to avoid vulnerabilities. 
  • Back up data: SMEs should regularly back up their data to avoid losses in case of ransomware attacks. 
  • Use security solutions: SMBs can use antivirus software and firewalls to protect their data from cyberattacks. 

 

Threats are predicted to increase in 2023 for businesses and governments. There is no magic bullet, but through a series of small actions, it is possible to quickly stop an intrusion attempt with knowledge and training. Whether you are in the Information Systems Department, Human Resources or another department, you can take action by using products such as CyberTraining or CyberUnity to increase the skills of your teams. Cybersecurity is everyone's business.  

 

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