Cyberattacks and Small Business

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


Jeff McCulloch
Jeff McCulloch President Technology

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Be Cyber Savvy. It’s a Shared Responsibility

This October marks the 15th year of the National Cyber Security Alliance’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. By now you know that Yeo & Yeo Technology and cybersecurity go hand in hand. Educating and protecting our business, staff, and clients is our top priority. Cybersecurity is a leading concern for many of the industries we work with. Let’s look at some best practices to keep your data more secure.
Protect the company. Protect yourself.
Security Awareness Training has not only been a great help in showcasing the best practices for our clients, but for the entire Yeo & Yeo firm as well. Remember your training and apply those best practices not only in the office, but on your mobile and personal devices.
Enforcing these Top 5 best practices will help.
  1. Never trust an email and remember your training to think before you click.
  2. Practice good password management.
  3. Use mobile/personal devices safely – set a pin, maintain updates, click only from trusted sources, do not save or share sensitive data.
  4. Use public wireless hot-spots wisely and be aware of who could be lurking over your shoulder.
  5. Never leave devices unprotected/unattended in public.

Protect client data.
At Yeo & Yeo, we take our clients’ data security seriously. We have reasonable measures in place to keep client data secure. You can do the same for your organization by remembering to:

  • Use client portals and encrypted email when sending sensitive data.
  • Keep clients’ (and personal) sensitive data off your local computers and mobile devices.
Help our clients.
As you can see from the statistics below, cybercriminals are advancing at a record pace. Security measures put in place six months ago may not be effective for the tech-savvy cybercriminal. YYTECH can help ensure you’re protected.
Questions to ask yourself include:
  • Do you train your staff?
  • Do you have policies and procedures in place?
  • Have you completed a security audit recently? 

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Cybersecurity Statistics

Companies will spend $1 trillion on cybersecurity in the next five years. 
43% of cyber attacks target small businesses. 
An average of 3,809,448 records are stolen from breaches every day. 
The total cost for cyber crime committed globally has reached $100 billion. 

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