By Carol Gabel

The headlines make it clear that large corporations, despite their sophisticated security armor, are vulnerable to cyber attacks. We all know about Target, Sony Pictures, Home Depot and most recently Anthem. Smaller businesses must be vigilant, however, because they typically do not have the resources to protect their data and often do not think it will happen to them.

According to the National Small Business Association, many small to medium-size businesses are unaware of cyber security best practices. A recent survey revealed that nearly half of respondents experienced a cyber attack. No need to curl up under your bed. According to a Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 97 percent of all data breaches can be prevented with basic security measures.

Here are five inexpensive tips for a small to mid-size business to protect data:

  1. Perform a security assessment.
  2. Keep antivirus software updated.
  3. Train employees on security best practices.
  4. Control access to networks and protected data.
  5. Manage risks with cyberliability and data breach policies that account for business interruption, forensic investigations, notification procedures and other potential post-breach costs.

For a data security consultation or if your business has experienced a breach, please contact Carol Gabel at or call (908) 420-3844.


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