Data breaches hitting big brands have become more frequent news stories over the years. As a small business, you may feel like your company won’t be a target, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Small businesses are heavily targeted, they’re just not as publicized.
Small businesses don’t have the tools, software or manpower that many big brands have, so IT security may feel like a daunting task. However, there are plenty of things a small business can do to improve security.
- Educate Employees
One of the most important things you can do is educate employees on proper IT safety. Instruct them how to identify potential phishing emails, how to handle downloads and protocol for sharing sensitive information.
- Create User Accounts
All computers, especially laptops, should be locked and require a user account to access.
- Use Strong Passwords
Weak passwords continue to harm businesses and individuals. While it’s tempting to use “Password1” because it’s easy to remember and hits most of the criteria, it’s also the most common password. A good password uses different characters, but should not include full words.
- Stay Up-to-Date on Anti-Virus Software
Even with employee education, you won’t get 100% protection from someone clicking on a bad link or downloading something that could potentially infect a computer.
- Use a Secure Cloud Network
A cloud network can be convenient, but try to avoid uploading sensitive information, even if it is secure. If you must use it to share sensitive files, make sure they’re both encrypted and password protected.
- Create Back-ups of Important Files
If something happens to one computer, you don’t want to lose important files simply because that’s the only place they were stored.
- Control Data Access
Access to data should be monitored and privileges given when appropriate. One person should not have complete access to every single file.
- Identify Sensitive Data
Knowing which files contain sensitive information is important. These files should be segregated and kept under additional layers of security.
- Use a Secure Wireless Network
The wireless network should be password-protected and not listed as an available network.
- Install Firewall on All Computers
A firewall will be one of your first defence against a cyber attack. If you have employees doing work from home, a firewall is especially important.
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