What a cyberattack really means for your business

Political uncertainty affects personal security. It’s known that planned cyberattacks intend to disrupt pieces of our energy, financial, transportation, and electrical infrastructure. If this were to happen, the likely impact would be days or weeks of outages—not to mention unavailability of systems and services in certain cities. Much like the effects of a natural disaster, you can’t prepare after an incident with resources you didn’t put into place beforehand.

In this time of tense relations between the U.S. and Iran, it can be hard to think clearly as a business owner. After all, there’s no playbook for this new kind of digital warfare where grids and data are the targets. As the political landscape changes, businesses must adapt. But when we’re facing a potential cyberattack as business owners, what should we actually do at the office to prepare?

Think about what’s critical

Each business has core services without which it cannot make a profit, nor keep the lights on. If you’re a florist, this might be your greenhouse, online ordering or your delivery trucks. If any of these fail, you risk losing your flower shop. Take a moment to assess what’s crucial about your business and what you need to protect the most. Make targeted response plans that include what to do if that part of your business is without power or networking; we’ve put together general tactics for securing your home and office, but there are pillars unique to your business that must be secured in times of crisis. Know what those pillars are and make sure your response plan provides contingencies in case of power loss or service disruption.

Security sits with every employee

Even nation-state hacking efforts start with bait, usually in the form of phishing, bad links or social engineering. It can be easy to forget that your employees are the first line of defense against a major cyberattack, but also your greatest point of vulnerability. Nine out of every ten cyberattacks start with an email and every infiltration depends on a weak link, so make sure your staff is alert at work. Provide training and resources on recognizing social engineering and phishing attempts inside the workplace so that your whole staff is phish-savvy. Make sure that also includes your physical security, too, by having watchful staff on the premises. Respecting one’s instincts and remaining vigilant onsite keeps the whole office safer, so make sure your physical security doesn’t get ignored for a digital-only strategy.

Use security tools

There are lots of expensive security tools on the market.  Many are just dressed-up antivirus protection that doesn’t actually catch malware as it evolves—and won’t often work on your mobile device. With threat hunters on staff who use rich analytics to build a stronger VPN, Rubica is a better line of defense against cyberattacks. One app protects your customer data, blocks bad links, masks your location, encrypts your traffic, and connects you to our threat-hunting experts. We make it harder for the hackers to get to you, your business, your employees, and your customer data.

As always, we’re here to help with security strategies. Contact our experts at 866-520-0014 or email ask@rubica.com.