Protect Your Business From Cyber With These Tools

Cyber crime damages are predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015, according to a report from my company, Cybersecurity Ventures. Nearly half of all cyber attacks are committed against small businesses.Considering the statistics, it’s not a question of if a small business will be hacked, but when. Small businesses don’t have big budgets for cybersecurity, but there’s a myriad of free tools they can use to protect themselves against digital intruders.

Free email security protection
Email theft is one of the most popular cyber crimes, and it exposes small business login IDs and passwords to hackers.
The recent Equifax breach caused roughly 143 million U.S. consumers to have their email credentials and other information accessible to hackers. That equates to around 55 percent of Americans age 18 or older who have been affected. Last year’s Yahoo and LinkedIn hacks exposed hundreds of millions of user accounts to hackers.A large chunk of the email addresses that are stolen and sold as a result of these hacks belong to small businesses, and their employees. Stolen email addresses are for sale on the dark web, a part of the world wide web that requires special software to access. Cyber criminals buy and sell login IDs and passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card digits and other on darknet sites. If a small business has its email addresses accessible to hackers, the results can be devastating.It’s frightening to think of the confidential information that a cyber thief will find when browsing through inboxes, sent messages and folders.But, there’s free email protection that takes less than five minutes to set up.n a nutshell, two-step verification means that in order to gain access to an email account, an extra step is required.

Free cybersecurity tools
Global spending on cybersecurity products and services is predicted to exceed $1 trillion cumulatively over the next five years, from 2017 to 2021, according to another report from Cybersecurity Ventures.
The thought of spending money they don’t have scares off small-business owners when it comes to cybersecurity. They just deal with the fallout after they get hacked. But, cyber protection doesn’t have to break the bank.

Free cybersecurity glossary
For small-business owners and IT managers who want to bone up on cybersecurity, check out The A-Z List of Computer Threats from Sophos.

If that’s not enough, Cybersecurity Ventures maintains a list of glossaries for looking up more advanced cybersecurity and cyber warfare terms.