The biggest cyber threats facing Canadian small businesses in 2019

October 23, 2019

Cyber threats can be devastating to Canadian small businesses. Many don’t have the time, resources or awareness to be able to put together a comprehensive cyber security plan.

Unfortunately, that also makes them prime targets for cyber criminals hoping to steal information and money.

But here’s the good news: You can make your business more cyber secure – as long as you’re aware of the threats and you take action against them.

Follow this guide to get educated on the biggest cyber threats facing Canadian small businesses in 2019.

Lack of awareness

For many Canadian businesses, the biggest cyber threat is also the simplest one: A lack of awareness that they need to pay attention to cyber security.

Thankfully, the fix is pretty simple. By being aware that cyber threats are out there – and understanding the risks that they pose– Canadian businesses can take measures to start protecting themselves.

The most important part of this? Realizing that any business can fall victim to a cyber attack.

Cyber threats to your small business can impact your:

Lack of education for employees

It’s not enough for owners and managers to be informed about cyber threats. If employees aren’t informed about what they need to do to stay cyber safe, then they leave the whole business vulnerable.

The solution is to have a plan in place for educating your employees on cyber safety.

From protecting your social networks to watching out for phishers and protecting public laptops, there is a lot that employees need to know about keeping your business safe.

Ensure you are doing what you can to give your employees the right information on cyber safety.

Not having a cyber safety policy in place

The best way to ensure your business is putting its best foot forward on cyber security?

Adopting policies on cyber safety.

The clearer you can become with your employees about what’s expected of them, the less likely they’ll be a weak link that cyber criminals can exploit.

Get Cyber Safe recommends policies in three key areas:

Conclusion

Cyber security for small businesses is a shared responsibility. Get prepared. Implement policies and procedures that can help educate and prepare your employees – transforming them into one of your most important lines of cyber defence.


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