Restaurants - What is your cyber risk? By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 3/30/2016 Most businesses, including restaurants are doing some business on the internet. Cyber crimes continue to rise. It is important for a restaurant to look at this risk and see how a cyber crime could affect their business. Do you have a Website? Do you have a Facebook page? Does your restaurant use a computerized system for servers to communicate with the kitchen? Does your organization store employee information on a computer? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you are at risk from cyber crimes. Focus on these mitigation techniques to avoid cyber crimes. Password Security: More powerful computers have given criminals the ability to crack passwords easily. Passwords with a mix of capitalized and lowercase letters—as well as numbers, symbols and other special characters—are much harder to crack. And, though it should go without saying, make sure your employees don’t write their passwords down in plain sight in their work spaces. Network security. Web based computer systems have the potential to be breached by a hacker. This could cause personal information on employees or patrons to be released and/or data or programs to be damaged or destroyed. Getting your computers back up and running to run the business will be crucial. Back up your data in multiple locations. Unknown Email Sender: number of different phishing scams can be avoided by reminding your employees to Never open an email from an unknown source, and never click on a link in an email unless both the sender and the link can be trusted. Software Updates: Security patches are designed to fix known vulnerabilities. Make sure your employees download the latest security patches when they become available. Adding cyber insurance or a cyber endorsement on to your policies is always a great mitigation technique. As always we want you to focus on serving quality food and drinks to your clients. Let us review your policy and make sure you are covered for all possible threats. Thanks for reading.