There are many pros for conducting your business activities online. For one, it’s better for the environment so you don’t have to waste a bunch of paper for no reason. It also helps with organizing everything your business needs such as monitoring complete and incomplete tasks. Although there’s lots of good that can come from conducting business activities digitally, there’s always the chance of getting hacked. You’ll need to take some precautions to avoid having your ERP hacked or held for ransom.
What is ERP?
Before we get into how to protect your ERP, it would be good to explain what that is for those who don’t know. ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. This is software that your business uses to manage daily activities. Some of the types of activities include:
- Project management
- Financing (budgeting, reports)
- Customer relationship management
- Supply chain management
ERP helps keep the flow of all information and efficiently manage the data regarding the business. These systems are much more efficient than having multiple databases and having all information spread out in a mess.
How Can Your ERP Get Hacked?
Any information you put online has the chance to get stolen. Some people will find sneaky ways to hack your information, hold it for ransom, and extort you for money. They promise to give your information back if they buy it off of you, but the situation often never ends well. Some hackers will disguise themselves as credible emails, websites, and links. Once anyone clicks on these malicious links, that hacker will then have access to all of your data. There are many ways for hackers to sneak their way into your server. More ways than you can imagine. That’s why you need the proper precautions to try and avoid these situations altogether.
How to Protect Your ERP
There are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of malware disrupting your business activities.
The first thing you should do is to back up all of your information. You should always have isolated copies ready in case someone tries to steal your data. This way, you’ll still have access to your information in the event of a ransomware attack. Try backing up your files on a hard drive. A hard drive, since it’s not connected to the internet, is harder to hack.
Another great tip is to have antivirus software. This software will scan your system and make sure what you’re looking at won’t be harmful to your computer. The antivirus software looks for the viruses that try to hide and sneak up on you.
Finally, make sure to train your employees. Providing useful and frequent training to your employees about malware can give them the chance to see the signs. They will be able to easily see when something online looks suspicious.
This was just the beginning. Ransomware is very common and is something to always keep an eye out for. You can start with the first three tips of antivirus software, backups on hard drives, and education. But make sure you really dive into the details to properly protect yourself and your business. Did you enjoy this blog? Check out our other blogs that can benefit your business.