Cyber security is as important as physical security.

With the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme, all Small to Medium Businesses need to declare any cyber breaches by law. So it is imperative to keep your systems secure. However, it can be a big problem without an IT Team dedicated to ensure your technology is up to date.

Take note of these top three cyber threats and what you can do to safeguard your business against them.

1. Malware

Malware or Malicious Software includes viruses or spyware, intentionally designed to cause damage to your computer system. With today’s technology, there are a lot of experienced hackers creating a variety of attacks. Finding the right tools to block these threats is the answer.

Malware takes up a lot of storage on your computer or machine and affects the programs and daily operations, resulting in your system to run slower-than-usual.

One of the most effective and simplest ways to protect your business against Malware is Patch Software. This is a form of software that updates, improves, and pushes out any potential bugs that could go into your system. Normally, your system will notify you when there are updates available. Accepting these software updates can help strengthen your system’s resistance towards cyber threats. 

Using an antivirus software also helps to remove Malware and lowering the risk of your computer to crash following on the attack.


2. Ransomware

Ransomware is also a Malicious Software that locks your screen so you won’t be able to access your system and unable to operate. The cyber criminal will then send you a message asking for a ransom or payment in exchange for your data and get your access back.

Usually the ransomware comes as emails intended to persuade the victim into providing confidential information. The fraudulent email can also include a link that gives the cyber criminal access to the victim’s computer system once it’s clicked.

You can use an Email Scanning Software to help assess the legitimacy of the email. Your email hosting provider will know the right software to use but if you’re in doubt, you may speak to a vendor like Cisco and ask for the best defense solution suited for your business.


3. DDoS 

Distributed-denial-of-service or DDoS aims to make your system crash by striking numerous and simultaneous data requests. These attacks are usually done during business periods where warning signs are typical during busy hours of the business. This will put your machine under pressure due to too much traffic resulting in system failure. If your operations are affected, then your income will also be affected.

A great defense for this type of attack is using Cloud Security. It is more effective on your business because it secures cloud computing environments against both external and insider cybersecurity threats. It helps block cyber attacks and identifies risks. Therefore, you will be notified whenever there is a high volume of traffic or suspicious activity and it will be stopped before it can cause damage to your system. 

In today’s cyber community, the number of attacks are increasing every year. Australian business owners should continue to improve their system security and stay vigilant to minimise the impact of possible attacks.