Cyber Smart Tips for Small Business. Small and medium-sized businesses are not immune to cyber-attacks. Whether your business uses basic email, websites, and applications or adopting fit-for-purpose cloud technology, cybersecurity should be a part of your business plan.
New Zealand organisations have been affected by a number of cyber-attacks recently: the Waikato DHB ransomware attack and organisations that used Kaseya support software. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recorded 352 cybersecurity incidents in New Zealand for the year.
According to a 2020 Verizon Data Breach report, 28% of data breach victims were small businesses. It’s always a concern for a community when small businesses are hit by data breaches, ransomware, and other cybercrimes – and thousands of businesses have been impacted. In fact, smaller businesses are often the target of a cyber-attack because their defences may not be on the same level as larger companies.
In some cases, practical key controls make a world of difference in securing your business – 80 percent of the cybersecurity benefit for 20 percent of the effort. These practical security controls can help you fend off cybercriminals, reduce your exposure to cyber threats, and help you get the most out of your cybersecurity investments.
There are many different types of fraud and cyber criminals invent new methods of attack every day. Keep your small business cyber smart. The NCSC says that self-reported cyber incidents continue to increase, reflecting growing cyber awareness and willingness to report incidents among New Zealand organisations.
What can I do to protect my business?
Businesses are targeted through people – using phishing, malware and online scams. Enable your business to become cyber smart and by equipping your staff with practical, ongoing and relevant knowledge, tools and ideas through a robust security awareness programme.