Did you know that more than half of all US computer virus attacks infect company networks with 100 employees or fewer? Combine that fact with even more online shopping happening during business hours than ever before, and you may be opening your office computer network up to devastating viruses.
“Since most small businesses don’t have a full-time IT professional on site, by the time the business owners realize their network has been compromised, significant damage has already been done, “ explains Siyamak Khorrami, of Skyriver IT, a San Diego IT consulting company.
And once a computer virus infects a business network, their customers’ sensitive personal data is vulnerable too. In fact, according to Visa Inc. about 95% of credit-card data breaches are on its smallest business customers.
“We get a lot of calls from business owners in December, “ Khorrami says. “With so much online shopping, small businesses unknowingly expose their computer networks to malware. And it’s not just the employees. Business owners themselves, visit unfamiliar web sites while searching for holiday gifts.”
Many small businesses cannot afford a full time IT professional to monitor their networks. Therefore, outsourcing this job to an IT consulting services company has become a popular option for small to mid-sized business owners who want the same type of protection a larger company gets.
San Diego IT consulting company, Skyriver IT, has put together a list of critical precautions every business owner should take, especially in December.
1. Be sure your Antivirus software is up to date and installed correctly.
2. Keep all computer systems updated with a patch management strategy.
3. Install a firewall to control internet access.
4. And most importantly, remember that computer security is an ongoing job. New malware and computer viruses are created every day, and having a trusted IT consultant check-in on your system on a regular basis can save thousands in potential damage from hackers.
About Skyriver IT
Skyriver IT is a San Diego IT Consulting Company providing unbiased CIO services as part of their package. Skyriver IT specializes in high-level technology advice in addition to taking care of day-to-day issues for their business customers. More information at http://www.SkyriverIT.com