WEB & TECH / JUL. 05, 2016
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Small Business Self-Improvement: Don't Overlook Security

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Cyber security is an often overlooked area by small businesses. But, they are as much a target as large companies! Take the time to educate yourself!

Here at CareerAddict we're all about self-improvement in the workplace and one of our biggest areas of focus is business etiquette. Knowing what to do, how to do it and when to do it is crucial if you're going to work in, or run your own, business.

Regardless of how large or small a company is, everything from the day-to-day politics of an office to the way you deal with clients is crucial for building relationships and your bottom-line. But, it's easy to take some things for granted in the business world, especially when you're operating in the online arena.

One of the most important, yet frequently overlooked, aspects of any business is its security protocols. While everyone knows they need to lock the door if they're the last one to leave the office, few workers and small business owners really understand the precautions they need to take online.

Small Businesses Are a Target

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According to the statistics, 43% of all hacking attacks in 2015 were targeted at small businesses and the incidents are only increasing. Indeed, a recent report by CNBC highlighted a wave of new threats facing small businesses.

Talking to Larry Ponemon about the Ponemon Institute's latest study into cyber security, CNBC's Constance Gustke found that many small businesses owners still don't think "they're targeted by bad guys". But, with mutating viruses like Locky now spreading around the world, the need for effective security is paramount.

Naturally, one of the best things you can do to improve the security of your business (or indeed if you're a worker in a business) is to arm yourself with some knowledge. Understanding which website security services are currently available to you is the first step in protecting your virtual borders.

Educate Yourself About Security

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Understanding the nature of common attacks, such as cross-site scripting (XSS), as well as the methods available to you when it comes to preventing attacks, such as web application firewalls (WAFs) is crucial. But, once you've got this knowledge, you need to do something with it, and that's where professional website security services come in.

Offering affordable yet effective solutions, these companies are designed to give you the protection you need. In fact, what's most impressive about modern security provisions such as WAFs is that they are cloud-based. The advantage of having a system like this is that it's flexible and cost-effective. Although not a complete replacement for protective hardware, a high-quality WAF will provide error recognition, signature ID checking and IP address verification.

When pieced together in a single package, these protective barriers help to stop malicious site visits from spiralling out of control and causing a massive data leak. As we said at the top of this article, security etiquette is often one of the most overlooked aspects of the workplace environment.

Self-improvement is both possible and affordable if you take the time to educate yourself. Learn more about the latest security threats, and work with experts in the industry, and you'll find the efficiency of your business (or the business you work for) improves dramatically.

Do you think that your company needs to improve its cyber security policies? Let us know in the comments section...

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