1. Your information is hacked.
According to Verizon, 81% of hacking-related data breaches occur because of stolen and/or weak passwords. Many people neglect to use multi-factor authentication and instead rely on easy-to-guess words or phrases. This is a hacker's dream come true. Create more than one barrier between the attacker and your critical data.
2. You are infected with malware or spyware.
Oftentimes malware is disguised as free software programs, browser updates, or even infected email attachments. According to Verizon, 66% of malware was installed via malicious email attachments.
Make sure you have email filters that catch these types of hazardous emails. It is also a good idea to create a company-wide policy to use secure file-sharing programs, such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
3. You are threatened or your information is physically stolen.
The largest motivation for hackers is money. According to Verizon, 93% of data breaches in 2017 were motivated by financial gain or espionage. Yes, hackers would rather sit behind a computer and steal your information, but if they see the reward outweighing the risk - and they know your geographic location - they will resort to physical theft and even assault.
The message is this: over-prepare for an attack and be extremely cautious. For passwords, use multi-factor authentication. When downloading content, make sure you are using 100% reliable sources as to not fall prey to malware. For email, create strict spam filters and train your team on how to spot malicious behavior.