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Businesses are increasingly becoming the target of cyber-attacks, that’s especially true of small businesses.

What’s even more concerning is the amount of time it takes a business to realize they’ve been hacked. It can take six months later or longer before a business is even aware an attack has taken place.

Here’s what you need to know about cyber-attacks and how to identify if your business has been a victim and what you can do to protect yourself.

CYBER ATTACKS BUSINESSES SHOULD BE AWARE OF IN 2022

 Cyber-attacks can negatively affect small businesses in several ways. They can damage a company’s reputation, be costly to fix, and can even cause a business to shut down completely.

Some common types of cyber attacks businesses should be aware of in 2022 include phishing, distributed denial of service, malware, ransomware, and data breaches.

WHY IT TAKES SO LONG TO RECOGNIZE A CYBER ATTACK

 According to IBM’s 2020 Cost of a Data Breach report, on average, it takes 315 days to detect and contain a data breach caused by a malicious attack. There are a few common reasons it takes so long for businesses to recognize their system has been hacked.

Many businesses don’t have adequate security measures in place, often due to a lack of knowledge or budget. This vulnerability gives hackers easy access to a business’s network without being detected.

Even if a business has network security measures in place, they may not be properly monitoring the network for signs of intrusion. Hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and adept at hiding their tracks, so it’s often difficult to spot an intrusion unless you’re looking for it.

Sometimes security and monitoring businesses have in place just isn’t at the necessary level for optimal protection. With the increasing frequency of hacking attempts, networks should be continuously monitored to recognize signs of an attack.

Without adequate measures to protect your business and customers, it’s more difficult to detect a system breach. By the time most businesses realize they have been hacked, the damage has been done and the hackers are long gone.

SIGNS YOU HAVE BEEN HACKED

 Focusing too much attention on the prevention of hacking can cause you to overlook signs of a security breach.

Here are some warning signs that you may have had a system breach:

  • Unexpected changes to network files
  • Spam emails sent from company accounts
  • Unrecognized pop-ups
  • Unauthorized software installations
  • Internet searches not working properly
  • Devices malfunctioning and running slowly

Educate your employees about proper equipment use and warning signs so they can let you know as soon as they see something suspicious.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR CUSTOMERS

It’s important to be aware of risks, take steps to protect your business, and understand which warning signs may reveal a system breach. Make sure you have comprehensive security measures in place, including both physical and cyber security. We also recommend you have someone monitoring your network for signs of an intrusion.

If you do suspect that your business has been hacked, don’t delay in taking action. The sooner you act, the less damage the hackers will be able to do. Contact a cyber security expert immediately and take steps to secure your network and data.

By taking these precautions, you can help protect your business and your customers from the growing threat of cyber-attacks.

WE CAN HELP

At Cornerstone Technologies, we offer a variety of managed IT services to help protect your business equipment and data from cyber-attacks. When you work with us, we take care of your network security so you can focus on growing your business.

Contact us today to keep your data and network safe.