Small businesses are just as likely to face the risk of cyberattack when compared to larger companies. The general thought process that so many small businesses owners have is that they’re not likely targets. They think they’re safe from the cyber attackers out there. They feel less visible and less valuable. However, nearly 50% of cyber-attackers go after small businesses. Your MSP business should be alerting your clients about this and working with them to prepare.
A cyber attacker doesn’t care how big or small their business is. They want to go after the low-hanging fruit many times. They see a small business as very vulnerable and easy to hack. A cyber attacker may want their data, even if it’s less valuable. Why? Because it’s easier for them to get their hands on it.
Have Knowledge of the Attacks
The first thing you can do to help your clients prevent cyberattacks, is to teach them about these things. Educate them on all the different types of attacks that are out there.
The more that they and their employees are aware of the different ways cyber attackers can infiltrate their data, the better protected that their business is going to be. Employees will be able to recognize fake emails and suspicious links, and they’ll proactively avoid them.
When onboarding be sure to be given control over the password requirements they have on their internal network. Make sure that you put proper conditions in place so that employees need to have passwords of 8-characters in length at a minimum. Make them use upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. The more complex employee passwords are, the harder it is going to be for a cyber attacker to be able to break in.
Limit Personal Mobile Devices
Limiting the number of personal mobile devices accessing their network can also be helpful. The BYOD, or Bring Your Device, trend has picked up a lot of steam in the recent years. More companies are practicing this, but it’s also opening more opportunities for hackers to be able to gain access to networks. Be proactive and limit the number of personal devices able to access their network to reduce the vulnerabilities that will exist.