Server backups can help businesses defend against cyber terrorism.

How server backups can help defend against cyberterrorism

Stephen Perkins

When people think of cyberterrorism, the first thought that might come to mind as the first line of defense is a room full of government tech experts furiously combating incoming threats. However, terrorist attacks via the Internet can affect all entities, especially the most vulnerable like small businesses.

In this situation, the first line of defense for small- and medium-sized business owners is employee education and reliable data backup services and software.

According to Billings Gazette contributor Joe Michels, a panel of computer and telecommunication industry experts recently met at a cybersecurity breakfast event in Texas; the topic of discussion was the challenges that SMBs face relating to cyberterrorism.

Defending data
The ways in which businesses could become infected from external attacks can result from innocuous daily usage that in the past was of little worry. For example, employees who check their social media account via the company network could unknowingly open a portal that allows a hacker to gain access to the network and search which files can be exploited.

In fact, just this week, two million login credentials for Facebook, Google, Twitter and ADP – a payroll processor – were secretly stolen and stored in a Netherlands-based server. While many SMB owners may think these chances are slim, it's important to address the issue with employees and educate them on why company infrastructure should not be used to access personal accounts.

Some organizations may be more vulnerable than others depending on the type of information that is stored, such as law firms. But, investing in server backup services that offer frequent and automated backup solutions can help businesses that experience cyberterrorism. Experts recommend that files are backed up daily rather than weekly.

Leading online backup providers that offer continuous data protection and offsite data storage solutions ensure that a company's structured and unstructured data are protected around the clock in secure locations.

One example Michels noted was that of an accounting firm that did not backup its data and somehow lost $45,000 over a period of eight months. The reason given by the bookkeeper was a computer that crashed, but the company was actually a victim of embezzlement. With the amount of time and resources that were dedicated to reconstructing the lost data, the costs ended up being much more expensive than the information that was lost – showing how data backup is a good way to control internal finances.

"The computer security area is one area where you need to spend money," Michels concluded. "Saving money and not paying attention to the outside environment in the cyber arena will ensure that you will lose money when your system is hacked."

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