Cyber Security Threat Tag

For the second time this year, 50 million Facebook users have been affected by a data breach. The first breach involved Cambridge Analytica earlier this year and the sale of user data. The most recent breach occurred at the end of September when hackers took advantage of a feature to access tokens and take over accounts. In light of national cyber security month, we'd like to share more about this hack and provide your business with cyber security recommendations.

Businesses in all industries use some form of technology and most likely have invested into expensive solutions. IT systems are managed best with an IT support provider to ensure security. Nearly any IT component is at risk of a cyber attack and hackers know how valuable technology is to businesses. Partnering with an IT support provider can reduce the risks of a cyber attack and improve cyber security overall.

Healthcare organizations are required to follow HIPAA compliance. While this may seem like a pain for more institutions, it is a good way to protect against cyber-attacks. The regulations enforce aspects that protect against malware, which is your best defense against ransomware. The healthcare industry is particularly vulnerable to malware attacks because patient data is at risk of being compromised. Take a look at the following HIPAA guidelines in protecting against malware.

Technological devices are made to improve convenience with each upgrade. Unfortunately, more convenience can come with more risk. For example, users look for features such as Bluetooth connectivity when shopping for laptops, phones, smartwatches, etc. Businesses also look for similar features to make it easier for employees to stay connected. The Bluetooth feature increases risk for a cyber security attack: Bluesnarfing.

Many business executives fail to acknowledge the risk of a cyber attack. Whether they think their business is too small or their data isn't valuable, they are wrong. Cyber criminals target businesses of all sizes. Even if you think your data is useless to a third party, it is valuable to your organization and this value will be used against you during an attack. Here is a checklist for small businesses to mitigate cyber security risks.