As your business becomes more reliant on technology to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace and rapidly evolving IT environment the responsibility of protecting you and your client’s data must be at the forefront of your business model.

The number of ways you utilize technology every day is the number of routes a cybercriminal can take to gain access to your private data.

Gaining knowledge about cybersecurity is the first step towards protecting your business. Don’t wait until after an attack to protect yourself from one of the most common crimes today.

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Boost your cybersecurity through awareness of different forms of cyber-crime:

Ransomware is malware that threatens to expose your data or restricts your access to it until a ransom is paid. Update and patch your systems regularly to ensure the latest software is ready to protect you from evolving attacks. Install protective software that monitors incoming data and alerts you if it detects an infection. Most ransomware attacks occur through phishing emails. Exercise safe email practices, and be sure your employees are trained how to do so too.

Email phishing is a type of spam that is engineered to steal data and infect your devices when you interact with one of these emails. Avoid this costly attack by recognizing and reporting phishing emails before it is too late. Be careful when opening emails. Email protection software uses AI (artificial intelligence) to monitor all incoming emails. You can also utilize preview mode to check suspicious emails that you receive and never click to open attachments or links if you do not recognize the sender, or if you were not expecting an attachment.

Scareware manipulates users into downloading malicious software out of fear that their network is already infected. Do not be fooled by pop-up alerts that insist you need to act quickly and download their software. It is a scam that grants cybercriminals access to your data. Don’t click!

Intellectual property theft robs you of intangible works such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks. This also includes virtual property such as trade secrets, logos/graphics, and words/symbols. Within the U.S. IP theft is responsible for billions of dollars in economic losses.

Credit card fraud occurs when a criminal obtains your account numbers, PIN, and security codes. In 2013 Target faced a major attack resulting in 110 million credit cards being compromised by cybercriminals.

If you are curious about how you can implement cybersecurity measures to protect your business reach out to RCS for a security assessment with a professional IT consultant.

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