Do you own a small business? Do you feel that you are at risk of being hacked or suffering a cyberattack? Unfortunately, most small business owners - 87% to be exact - feel that they are safe from cyberthreats. However, small businesses are more at risk than you may realize. In fact, approximately half of them will suffer some sort of cyberattack.
With a moderate amount of data and fairly minimal amounts of cybersecurity, small businesses are actually quite appealing to hackers. They can steal employee information, customer data, vendor details, and even money - this can cause devastating damage for your business with customers, employees, and vendors.
The best way for you to defend your small business from cyberattacks is to build up the cybersecurity basics. Remember these five tips to best prepare your business:
- Update all office computers. – You must make sure that all of the devices in your office, including laptops, cellphones, tablets, and desktop computers, are updated regularly. All web browsers and operating systems should be running the most up-to-date versions that are complete with protection from the latest threats. If your employees bring their own devices, make sure that their apps are updated as well.
- Ensure that your Wi-Fi is secure. – One easy way for hackers to access your business’s data is through unsecured Wi-Fi. Be sure to set your network up so that only employees can access it via password or something similar.
- Back up all of your data. – Work with your IT department to make sure that all of your important information is stored on backups in case of a data breach or hack. If the information is stolen, you need to be able to access it from somewhere else. All copies of the data should be secured using passwords and encryption.
- Limit access to company accounts and computers. – Unauthorized people should not be allowed to access computers, sensitive information, or important accounts that they have not been authorized to use. Clients should also not be allowed to borrow computers as this can pose a security risk as well. Employees should be trained not to share their logins or account information with other employees to limit privileges. Every employee should also have his or her own login for each necessary account.
- Every employee should go through cybersecurity training. – Small business owners should make every employee a part of their cybersecurity program. The best way to do this by offering cybersecurity training to the entire office. Every business should also create a unique cybersecurity policy for employees to follow that includes necessary procedures for protecting important data. This policy should include the steps that employees should take in the event that there is a data breach.
At Logical Operations, we understand that every training sessions should be based on the unique needs of your business, which is why we offer our CustomCHOICE training. With this unique web-based interface, businesses can customize the training to fit their specific needs. To learn more about CustomCHOICE, please contact us today!