Top 5 Cyber Security Tips for Small to Medium Business
In this day and age, cyber security is more essential than ever. Everything from communication to shopping habits is increasingly shifting online.
This has only accelerated with Covid-19 disrupting our way of life.
Unfortunately, cyber criminals are more active now than ever to take advantage of this trend.
“Cyber Security failure is the 4th most dangerous short-term risk to the world”
A recent report released by the World Economic Forum titled ‘Global Risks Report 2021’, warns that cyber security failure is the 4th most dangerous short-term risk to the world.
You might think that your business is too small to be noticed by the rest of the world, but hackers are always looking for vulnerabilities, especially if you don’t have a secure network.
While there’s no substitute for having a trusted cyber security company protect your business, here are 5 tips that help your business minimise its risk to cyber attacks:
1. Make sure that you have a strong password system in place
This may seem obvious, but a surprising number of businesses don’t have secure passwords or password sharing protocols.
This leaves them vulnerable to hackers that have tools that allow them to easily crack weak passwords.
Implementing strong passwords that are long and hard to guess is the first step in securing your network.
It’s also important to establish company policy when it comes to sharing passwords between employees and storing passwords on devices.
2. Beware of what you (or your employees) post on social media
Hackers are constantly gathering personal information that they can use against you or your company.
With the rise of social media, the amount of personal information posted online including phone numbers, addresses and even location data is a gold mine for criminals.
They then use that information in phishing scams where they’ll pose as a legitimate company or person to get you to click on a malicious link.
Make sure that your employees are educated about the potential dangers of posting personal information on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and even Linkedin.
3. Always keep your software up to date
These days we often have dozens of applications or even more, that we use for business.
Making sure that all these applications are constantly updated, ensures that you have the latest security updates.
Hackers often exploit security vulnerabilities in out of date applications to attack your network.
Updating your software is simple and easy but it saves you a lot of hassle in the long run.
4. Backup your business’s data
Data loss can happen in a number of ways including human error or in a worst-case scenario it could be stolen and ransomed to your business.
The thief will then ask for a sum of money before ‘releasing’ your data back to your business.
To avoid this make sure that there is a backup policy in place for all your data and your employees understand how it works.
There’s nothing worse than completing a big project only to have lost a valuable piece of data with no backups available.
5. Secure personal devices used for work
You may not have enough business devices to supply to every employee or some may choose to use their personal devices for work.
Either way, you need to implement a policy that allows your network administrator to install automatic security updates and monitor the devices for suspicious activity.
This doesn’t mean that you need to have complete access to their devices. It just means that employees need to use their personal devices in a way that doesn’t compromise your business’s security.
These tips can help your business get started when it comes to cyber security, but there’s no substitute for having a trusted cyber security provider by your side.
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