Every cyber criminal’s New Year’s resolution is to get better at their craft—finding new ways to outsmart any business’s cybersecurity to steal and exploit data. As cyber criminals perfect their hacking each year, they simultaneously create new threats that constantly evolve and become harder for businesses to detect.
PwC’s report echoes this sentiment, noting that business cybersecurity will continue to be a major concern in the new year. In 2022, they found that cybercrime affected 51% of surveyed businesses, which PwC states is the highest percentage they’ve recorded in over 20 years.
To protect customers and business assets, cybersecurity should be a top priority for every business this new year. Learn more about cybersecurity and how it can protect your Utah business.
Who Do Cybercriminals Target?
Cybercriminals do not discriminate and will target businesses and business owners of all sizes. From large corporations to small business owners, no business is immune to cyber-attacks and threats.
Cybercriminals will stop at nothing to gain access to customer data, bank accounts, business records, and more through a variety of methods—including malicious software or phishing scams. More specifically, phishing is the most difficult type of scam to detect. In fact, around 83% of organizations unknowingly became victims of a phishing scam in 2022 until it was too late.
What Are the Potential Consequences?
Business owners are vulnerable to the consequences of a cyber-attack. Without proper cybersecurity measures in place, cybercriminals will steal data and compromise business information.
Criminals may also gain access to business computers and networks, allowing them to spread malicious software, delete or modify business files, and/or use business systems as part of botnet attacks that infect other business systems.
The consequences of a cyber attack can range from business disruption and financial loss to reputational damage and identity theft. Also, business owners may face legal repercussions if their business is found to be in violation of data protection laws. The outcomes could be devastating and lead to the permanent closure of your business.
How Can Businesses Protect Themselves?
Utah Business owners must stay vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity. The best defense against cyber attacks is to implement business-wide measures that can protect business data and customer information from malicious actors.
Taking a layered approach to cybersecurity is the best approach. However, businesses can start improving their business cybersecurity by doing the following:
- Partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP)
- Using multi-factor authentication.
- Regularly backing up business data.
- Training staff on proper password management.
- Installing business-grade firewalls and antivirus software.
- Utilizing threat intelligence to identify potential attacks.
- Establishing secure passwords for business systems.
Go Above and Beyond with Your Business Cybersecurity by Partnering with Simple Systems
One of the most straightforward and secure ways to protect your business is by partnering with an MSP. A managed service provider specializes in cybersecurity and can provide business owners with the expertise and resources necessary to protect their business information from threats.
At Simple Systems, we are committed to providing top-of-the-line cybersecurity solutions for businesses of all sizes in Utah. Our team of experienced professionals will guide your business through every step of the cybersecurity process, from data backup and recovery to malware removal.
Make Your Business Cybersecurity Impenetrable with Simple Systems
Cybersecurity is not something to be taken lightly, especially in the new year. Protect your business and customers this 2023 with Simple Systems. We provide business owners in Utah with superior business cybersecurity solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of your business.
Let our cybersecurity experts help you develop a detailed and realistic New Year’s resolution to keep your business safe and secure from cyber threats. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our cybersecurity solutions and how they can protect your business this new year!