Malware attacks on small businesses remain a serious cyber threat. Malware refers to malicious code or software, which can have multiple or a specific use. Scammers and hackers often rely on malware to steal, modify, or gather data, or sometimes, to just spy on user activities. In this post, we are discussing the basics of malware prevention and other aspects that matter.
Should your small business worry about malware?
Malware can affect your business in many ways and can origin from different sources. For instance, a considerable number of malware incidents are related to phishing emails and unverified downloads. Small businesses do not spend as much on cybersecurity and are often not cautious with malicious files and downloads. As a result, many brands and companies have suffered extensively in many ways. There are instances, where companies have been forced to a pay a ransom, so that they can gain control of their operations, following a ransomware attack. So yes, your business has to take malware prevention on priority.
What steps can be considered?
- Stop careless web browsing. This may mean restricting access to many websites, or limiting the use of internet at the workplace, but find the best way to avoid careless internet browsing.
- Let your employees know what malware attacks are all about, with examples. Each employee should know how social engineering works and ways in which a hacker or scammer may try to target them.
- Remove old software. Old, unused, and obsolete software and firmware should be removed immediately. Make this mandatory for legacy software in particular, and yes, update everything else, including your operating systems.
- Recommend a spam filter. Many malware attacks happen through emails, and more often than not, an employee is to blame. Since phishing emails are rather common, using a spam filter can help your employees to a large extent.
- Use antimalware software. There are some really good antimalware software suites out there, which are effective and useful against a wide range of malware types, including ransomware, viruses and trojans. Find one that’s designed for small businesses and is effective for the same.
Finally, consider spending on cyber insurance. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, things may go wrong, and you don’t want to bear the brunt and all the consequences, especially when your company did enough for malware prevention. Check online to find more on cyber insurance, and make sure that malware remains a core aspect of employee cyber awareness training.