Quiz: How prepared is your business for cyberattacks?

Quiz: How prepared is your business for cyberattacks?

Cyberattacks are on the rise, and small businesses are increasingly becoming targets. Are you prepared if your business is attacked? Take this quiz to find out. Each question will test your comprehension of common cybersecurity concepts. At the end of this quiz, you should have a clear idea of what it takes to protect your businesses from cyberattacks.

1. True or false: passwords are enough to protect your business from data breaches.

A. True
B. False
C. Unsure

Correct answer: B. False

It’s important to secure your accounts with strong passwords to mitigate the risk of unauthorized access. However, it’s not enough to rely on them to protect your data as cybercriminals can use phishing and brute force attacks to infiltrate your accounts.

Instead, you should implement multifactor authentication (MFA), which adds an additional authentication step on top of a password. This could be a one-time passcode, app notification, facial or fingerprint scan, or physical key. So even if an attacker steals a user’s login credentials, they won’t be able to access the account without providing the subsequent authentication requirements.

2. Which of the following are good habits to protect your company from ransomware attacks?

A. Backing up your data regularly
B. Installing security software
C. Keeping software updated
D. All of the above

Correct answer: D. All of the above

Ransomware attacks have become more dangerous over time. Before, ransomware attackers only encrypted victims' files and demanded ransom in exchange for the decryption key. However, cybercriminals now threaten to leak their victims’ sensitive data online unless payment is made. Some even demand ransom from the victims’ clients or suppliers.

With backups, security software, and regular updates, you can significantly decrease the risk of your business falling victim to a ransomware attack. For instance, by keeping your programs updated, cybercriminals can’t exploit software vulnerabilities to infiltrate your system. And by installing antivirus software, you can detect and prevent ransomware from encrypting your files.

3. Which of these email subjects are likely to indicate a phishing scam?

A. Thanks for registering with us!
B. New styles you’ll love are here at Macy’s!
C. [IMPORTANT]: Secure your PayPal account
D. All of the above

Correct answer: C. [IMPORTANT]: Secure your PayPal account

Phishing is a cyberattack wherein cybercriminals send fraudulent but legitimate-looking emails to steal private information. To get targets to disclose sensitive data, threat actors will often aim to create a sense of urgency in the subject line of their phishing emails.

Let’s take the answer above as an example. If a user receives an email containing that subject, they might comply with the request by clicking on dangerous links or sharing personal information without verifying its authenticity.

That's why users should be critical of every unsolicited email they receive. Legitimate companies never ask users to provide sensitive information via email, so if you or your employees get these requests, delete these emails right away.

To check if a link’s authenticity, hover your cursor over it. If it displays a suspicious link like “www.paypalaccount[.]xyz/login/index,” do not click on it. Finally, avoid downloading attachments from unsolicited emails as they could contain malware.

4. True or false: employees cannot become a threat to your business’s cybersecurity.

A. True
B. False

Correct answer: B. False

Employees that can potentially harm your company’s cybersecurity are known as insider threats. These could be reckless workers who fall for online scams and neglect security updates, or current or past employees looking to sabotage your organization for their own gain. According to the 2022 Cost of Insider Threats Global Report by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, insider threats now cost organizations $15.4 million annually — an increase of 34% from 2020.

Protect your business from insider threats by implementing a zero trust architecture. Through zero trust, anyone attempting to access your company’s applications and data will be denied until their identity and access privileges are verified. Enabling MFA allows you to verify user identities while platforms such as Azure Active Directory can help you define access privileges based on job roles.

5. Who needs to participate in cybersecurity awareness training programs?

A. The IT department only
B. The IT department and C-level executives
C. Everyone

Correct answer: C. Everyone

Cybersecurity awareness training is the process of educating your staff about various cyberthreats and how your organization as a whole should respond to them. Having everyone participate in cybersecurity training is important because doing so indicates that cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility.

Conduct cybersecurity awareness training sessions regularly so your employees are up to date with the latest security trends and best practices. Customize your programs based on their roles, interests, and cybersecurity knowledge to ensure that your messages are resonating well.

How did you do?
4–5 correct answers: Great job! Your business can handle cyberattacks.
2–3 correct answers: You know a few concepts, but you need to do better!
0–1 correct answers: Your business’s cybersecurity preparedness needs some work.

It’s not easy to protect your business from cyberattacks, but Founders Technology Group can help. We will provide proactive monitoring and maintenance to handle most cybersecurity issues. You can also reach our helpdesk IT support via phone, email, or online. Book your complimentary consultation to get started today.