How to Protect Your Business From Holiday Cyber Threats

# #Cyber threats during the Holidays

The holiday season is approaching, which means businesses will be experiencing an influx of customers. Cybersecurity threats also increase during this time as hackers attempt to capitalize on the increase in online shopping and business revenue. Here are some ways IT security can protect your business and safeguard you from threats. 

3 Ways to Prepare for Holiday Cyber Risks

1. Be Aware of Phishing Scams

Phishing emails take on the look and feel of legitimate correspondence. They often request sensitive information from businesses, such as network passwords, so that hackers can infiltrate your system. They can also send links or files containing malicious software intended to harm your business. Make sure your team vets all unsolicited correspondence carefully. Staff should be instructed not to download attachments from unknown senders. 

2. Have a Strategy for Site InterruptionsIT security

Online shopping carts allow customers to purchase items conveniently. However, they also provide a way for hackers to disrupt your business and your e-commerce site. Bots can be used to place items into virtual shopping carts with no intention of buying. As a result, your inventory appears diminished and you may be unable to keep up with holiday demands, especially on Black Friday. Using IT security to monitor suspicious activity can prevent bots from having a major impact on your website. 

3. Routinely Update Antivirus Software

Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a network until a payment is submitted. New types of ransomware, and malware in general, are being developed every day. That's why your antivirus software must be continually updated. Updates contain fixes for bugs and other issues, but they also provide enhanced protection for new risks. Automate updates to bolster cyber protection.