What kind of risks do you think hacking poses for the average business? If you run a small to medium sized business, do you think you could ever be at risk?
It’s tempting to think that the only businesses which are really in danger of being hacked into are banks, large wealthy organisations and perhaps government sites in some instances. But nothing could be further from the truth.
While the experienced and serious hackers go for the larger targets, there are still plenty of hackers around who will go for the smaller ones, knowing that they are very likely going to be easier to break into and do damage to as a result. If you aren’t taking all the necessary steps to combat hacking, it amounts to the same thing as going out for the day and leaving your front door open behind you with all your valuables laid out on the dining room table.
Unfortunately the same air of ignorance that seems to hang over identity fraud sometimes affects hacking as well. We’d all like to think that it could never happen to us. The fact that you may be sitting in a nice warm and secure home office, making adjustments to your website on your own computer means nothing to the hacker who successfully causes you no end of trouble from their equally cosy location on the other side of the world to you.
There are different types of hacker, but they can all put your business at risk. Some will try and break in to steal personal details of your customers or make fraudulent transactions, while others simply like to cause as much trouble as possible by attaching viruses to emails and sending them to as many people as possible. If someone who works for you opens up that attachment it could be the start of problems severe enough to bring your business to a grinding halt until they are solved.
In short, hacking means business. And it means your business can be put in severe jeopardy if you don’t admit that you could be at risk. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you aren’t at risk because you don’t deal with payments via your website, or even provide any kind of member’s area which could be accessed by a hacker. Everyone is at risk to some extent.
It is your job to make sure your business takes responsibility for its own safety, so to speak. You may already have certain basic security measures in place – a firewall, anti-spyware and anti-virus software, and you may recognise the need to be careful when opening any attachments. But that doesn’t make your business safe.
Consider calling in a professional to assess what your potential risk areas are, and how you can combat them. Educating yourself about how you and your business can work together to fight the hackers is the first big step towards making improvements that the hackers hopefully won’t be able to get past.