More criminals today are choosing to target small businesses in order to access sensitive data. Hackers are aware that a small business will likely lack the personnel and resources necessary for implementing and handling an information security system. There are many precautions small businesses can take to protect their data:
1. Create a Cyber Security Plan Using the Small Biz Cyber Planner from the FCC
Small businesses lacking proper resources to hire staff to protect their business from cyber threats can use the Small Biz Cyber Planner. This tool will help decide what cyber security strategies should be included in their planning guide. It can also generate a custom PDF that will serve as a cyber-security template.
2. Set Cyber Security Rules for Employees
It is important to set rules for protecting and handling sensitive information. The consequences for violating these rules should be clearly detailed.
3. Protect Against Spyware and Viruses
Every computer should have an antivirus which should be updated on a regular basis.
4. Talk to Employees about Safe Social Media Practices
It is very important to make sure you advise your employees to avoid posting sensitive information on social networking sites.
5. Manage and Assess Risk
In assessing risk, one should consider two important questions; What does your business have to protect, and what would affect your company the most? In many cases, a cyber-criminal will use smaller firms to attack and gain access to affiliated larger firms. This can potentially block lucrative business deals by making the smaller firm less attractive.
6. Install and Download Software Updates
Installing and downloading updates will improve the functionality and correctly identify problems. You may also want to configure the software so updates are automatically installed.
7. Important Business Information and Data Should be Backed Up
Human resources files, financial files, spreadsheets and word processing, among all other important information, should be backed up at least once a week.
8. Control Access to Network and Computer Components
It is important for you to prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing business computers. Laptops should also be stored and locked up when no one is using them.
9. Secure Wi-Fi Networks
The Wi-Fi network for your business should be hidden and secure. Passwords should be required for access and you should configure the router so the network name cannot be seen.
Securing business and customer data is important for any size organization. At Certainsafe™, we understand your needs and have created platforms to help secure your electronic data. For more information about Certainsafe™ and our various security service solutions, contact us today.