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Conflict in Europe requires cybersecurity diligence

March 1, 2022

By Scott Lyon | SBAM Senior Vice President of Small Business Services

Due to the conflict occurring between Russia and Ukraine, and the U.S. and European Union putting sanctions on Russia, we need to be hyper aware of what Russia and its allies may do next. 

As a result, Cybersecurity has never been more important than it is now. As we spend more time online, we’re often creating and sharing more of our data. And if this data falls into the wrong hands, private and financial information could be at risk. So, for businesses and individuals alike, protecting sensitive data is critical.

Make your business less of a target with these practical tips:

  1. Be hyper suspicious of all links sent in emails.  Verify the link before you click on it.  Make sure the link is accurate to what you expect.
  2. Use different passwords and use a password manager so that you don’t have to remember all the new passwords
  3. Set up multi-factor identification
  4. Make sure your operating system and software are up to date.  It is a constant “cat and mouse” game between the software company and hackers.  By making sure your software is up to date with all the current patches, your system will be more difficult to hack
  5. Install anti-virus software
  6. Don’t use debit cards online – use a credit card or something like Paypal that is not tied to your bank account

At the end of the day, be smart, be diligent and don’t make your business or personal information vulnerable to a hack.

Whether you have an in-house IT department or you’re a small business with limited resources, SBAM’s partner NuWave Technology Partners can service your needs. Learn more.

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