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How to Reduce the Risk of a Cyber Attack

Published By: Eric Johannson | Thu Jul 29, 2021

 “Cybercrime is projected to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025” (comparitech, 2021).

Cybercriminals are more advanced and the threat to your business is significant and very real. 

We don’t want to scare you, but at the same time, we want you and your organization to be safe. Even a small act of malicious behaviour can cause serious damage and wreak havoc on companies of all sizes. The cost alone is not worth the risk. 

So, what does this mean for you? It means that you need to be prepared—and we can help.

Here’s how to reduce the risk of a cyber attack. 

1. Encrypt Your Data

If you want to protect your sensitive information, you need to encrypt your data. This includes databases, servers, and company computers, too. 

2. DO the Updates!

Make sure that your team doesn’t ignore updates. We are all guilty of this. It’s so easy to say you’ll get to it later, but chances are—you won’t. Run regular backups and scans of your system and make sure that all software is updated regularly. Printers and computers count here too. 

3. Strengthen Your Passwords Regularly

Most of us understand the importance of this—but too many of us let this policy slip. All user passwords should be updated and strengthened regularly. Admin and server passwords should also be updated often. No matter how much of a pain this may be—it is worth it. This is one of the easiest things you can do to protect your company and it is also one of the easiest ways that cybercriminals can infiltrate your system. 

Don’t let this happen to you. 

4. Educate Your Team

A cyber attack can strike in many different ways. That can include an employee’s email or computer. That being said, it’s a great idea to invest in some proper training for your employees. It doesn’t have to be too intense or expensive but they need to be educated on what to look for and how to detect potential threats.  

Cyber criminal on computer phising which shows the importance of educating your team on cyber attack prevention.

5. Consider Investing in Secure and Trusted Technology

If you or anyone on your team is working with outdated technology, it can increase your chances of being victim to an attack. In order to have peace of mind, we recommend investing in secure and trusted equipment—including your printers (which can actually be a gateway to your network). They are often forgotten, which is why cybercriminals target print infrastructure. 

HP is known for its advancements in security and we would recommend an HP printer to maximize your environmental infrastructure. 

Why HP? 

  • Comprehensive endpoint protection with HP Whitelisting built into every device to ensure firmware authenticity.

  • Printers act as a first-defense with self-healing firmware, in-memory breach detection, and threat containment.

  • The devices check BIOS code and, if compromised, restart with a safe “golden copy”.


If it’s time to look for a new device, security (and HP) should be a consideration.


We hope you found this information helpful. Don’t hesitate to reach out today if you have any questions. We’re happy to help. 

Phone: 204.262.1032





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