Business Internet Safety Guide

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Keep your business safe by maintaining a secure Wi-Fi network, using strong passwords and updating software regularly.

Cybersecurity is important for everyone, and businesses are no exception. 61% of small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) were victims of cyberattacks last year and 87% of IT ‘decision makers’ claim they experienced two or more successful attacks in the past year.

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Cyberattacks leave not only businesses vulnerable but their employees and consumers as well. Luckily, there are ways to keep your business safe from cybersecurity threats.

by Camryn Smith – Read this article in its entirety HERE on All Connect’s website

Importance of internet safety for businesses

Cyberattacks on businesses can have dire consequences, from breached employee data to losing millions of dollars and compromising consumer security. Unfortunately, many businesses do not take the necessary steps to prevent cyberattacks or minimize the damages if they occur.

According to some recent 2023 statistics about small businesses, only 17% encrypt their data and 64% of small businesses are unfamiliar with cyber insurance. Many small business owners believe their business is too small to be at risk for cyberattacks, often not taking measures to prevent one.

Considering 87% of small businesses have consumer data that could be compromised in an attack, it is imperative to protect business networks, no matter how small.

Cybersecurity is important on a larger scale, too. According to IBM’s 2023 Cost of Data Breach Report, the global average cost of a data breach in 2023 was a whopping $4.45 million, 15% more than in 2020. IBM also reported that 51% of organizations plan to increase security investments, including incident response planning, employee training, threat detection and response tools. Organizations that use security AI and automation also save an average of $1.76 million in data breach costs compared to those that do not.

So, despite the grim reality of the cost of data breaches, there are ways to prevent them, and businesses seem to be heading in the right direction.

Common business internet security threats

Data breaches

Data breaches are among the most severe threats to business networks and can result in significant financial loss while also impacting consumers whose data could’ve been involved in the breach. Data breaches can be caused by many different things, like malware, phishing or hacking.


Malware is software designed to damage a network, computer or server. Malware can take many forms, like viruses, worms, trojans, ransomware and spyware.


Phishing attacks are one of the more common forms of cyberattacks and occur when the hacker is pretending to be a trusted contact to entice a user to open an email, text, file, etc. Once the user clicks on that link or downloads that file, the hacker can exploit them and their network.

Weak passwords

Employees may use weak passwords to make them easier to remember, but they can leave your business vulnerable to cyberattacks. Educating employees about strong passwords and encouraging this practice while also using two-factor authentication can improve security.

Man-in-the-middle attack

Man-in-the-middle attacks occur when hackers insert themselves between two communicating parties. Without knowing, the parties pass information to the other through the hacker.

SQL injection

This attack occurs when a hacker injects malicious SQL code into a backend database. This allows the hacker to access information not meant to be displayed, like sensitive data or consumer details.

Denial-of-service attack

A denial-of-service attack is designed to overrun a targeted network with traffic to exhaust its bandwidth, preventing legitimate users from accessing the expected resources or services.

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