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Fighting Cybercrime: How Advanced Prep Can Keep You Safe

Cybercrime is on the rise, and businesses of all sizes need to ensure proper

cybersecurity measures are in place. Crime can include identity theft, phishing scams,

compromised email systems, and other malicious activity, like the introduction of

viruses. If you’re hit by any type of breach, your company’s assets and your proprietary

information are at risk, which means fast action is required. Webcheck Security can be

your secret weapon in the ongoing fight against cybercrime.

What Is Cybercrime?

Cybercrime is any type of attack that infiltrates your network and allows criminals to steal your data or hold your system hostage via ransomware. It can also include the introduction of bugs and malware, or it can be designed to misdirect site visitors to other

nefarious sites. Criminals can attempt to access things like financial account numbers, social security numbers, and even internal communication and files. Cybercriminals have become so sophisticated, you might not even know your system has been infiltrated right away, which could mean long-term damage.

Internal Protective Measures

Losing your data or exposing your clients’ personal information or financial records can

have a disastrous impact on your business. In addition to devastating your reputation,

you could face litigation, loss of revenue, and even loss of your business. According to

the Federal Communications Commission, training employees on security principles is a

key first step(1). This should include enacting password policies and developing best

practices around how data is collected and stored, and how employees use their

laptops and mobile devices. It’s also wise to control who has access to your computers.

Professional Preventative Measures

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While some companies can manage security themselves or with the help of a cybersecurity staffer, other operations can benefit from hiring a cybersecurity firm on a consulting or contractual basis. These skilled professionals can check your systems for weaknesses, make recommendations about appropriate security measures, and teach you and your staff safe cyber practices(see FISO). According to Zenbusiness, they can also ensure the protection of Wi-Fi networks, provide a firewall for your internet connection, as well as install anti-virus and anti-malware software and perform regular backups. (2)

What To Do If Attacked

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cybercrime division, the first thing

to do if you suspect or know you have been the victim of a cyber attack is to reach out

for support. You can call your local FBI office or contact the national office of the FBI

directly. Some types of malicious activity can be harmful not only to your business but to

public safety and national security. You should also have an internal plan of action for

notifying consumers if their information has been accessed or otherwise compromised.

Recovering From Cybercrime

There are several elements of recovery for a small business hit by online criminal

activity. Resist the urge to automatically resort to backup data, which could be infected,

or at-risk; if you’ve created a response team, call them into action; if you have an IT or

cybersecurity pro on staff or on retainer, call them immediately; if not, the FBI is the

appropriate call for further direction. Don’t attempt to hide the attack from customers or

employees, especially if their data was compromised. You’ll need a public relations

effort in place to ensure full transparency and recovery. (3)

While cybercriminals are continually evolving, so too are the technologies that can help

you and your business stay safe from attack. Preventative measures are the best form

of protection. The CGA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business is a free, downloadable

resource that can help your business both protect itself and get back up and running

following an attack. (4)

Webcheck Security provides a comprehensive slate of services including penetration

testing, cyber assessment, consulting, monitoring, and digital forensics, as well as

cybersecurity questionnaires. Reach out by phone or email for more information.

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