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Small Businesses and Cybersecurity

Regardless of your business's scale, prioritizing cybersecurity is crucial to safeguard your data, as well as that of your clients and customers, from potential threats.

However, budget restrictions may prevent some small businesses from hiring professional cybersecurity services. In such cases, it is important that these businesses take control of their own cybersecurity, if they’re capable. We compiled a brief guide to bolster your small business defense against cyber threats.

Teach Your Employees about Basic Security Principles

Establishing basic security practices amongst your company is the best preventative measure against cybersecurity threats. All employees should adhere to protocols in creating strong passwords, using the internet appropriately, and properly managing customer data. It is critical for management not only champion but properly enforce these policies.

Management and Maintain All Business Devices

Devices and software that aren’t properly maintained make it easier for hackers to breach your company. By keeping your devices up to date with the latest software, operating systems patches, and anti-virus software, you can significantly reduce the risk of such attacks. This is the easiest defense against malware or other online threats if you don't have access to professional cybersecurity services.

Ensure Wi-Fi Network Security

Securing your Wi-Fi network is another effective strategy for protecting your data from online threats. This involves more than merely setting a password; your connection should be secure, encrypted, and concealed.

Hiding your Wi-Fi network entails configuring your wireless access point (router) so that it does not broadcast its network name (SSID).

Control Employee Data Access and Software Installation Authority

Employees should only have access to the data systems necessary for their roles. They should also require authorization to install any software on their devices to prevent the accidental download of harmful software.

Implement a Firewall

Firewalls include both hardware and software to block unauthorized access to data on a networks. Installing or enabling your operating system's firewall is crucial. It is also important to ensure that any employees working remotely enable their home system’s firewall.

There are many more steps you can take to stay safe. Cyber-hygiene should be a priority for your business. If you need help, contact us.