Tips for creating a cybersecurity plan

Consider these practical steps for protecting your company from hackers and other online threats.

Cybercriminals are increasingly preying on small businesses, which often lack the expertise and resources to adequately protect themselves. Last year, companies with one to 250 employees were the victims of more than 30 percent of all cyber attacks, according to Symantec’s 2013 Internet Security Threat Report. That’s a threefold increase since 2011.

With larger companies increasing their protections, small businesses are now the low hanging fruit for cybercriminals,” says Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

But your company doesn’t have to be vulnerable if you simply take some basic protective measures. Here are 10 key questions to ask when securing your company from cybercriminals:

1. Should I install antivirus software? 
Installing antivirus software and keeping it updated is a must for business owners, says Brian Underdahl, author of Cybersecurity for Dummies (Wiley, 2011). Antivirus software detects and removes malware, including adware and spyware, and filters out potentially dangerous downloads and emails.

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