Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

Posted by Candice White on Jul 27, 2017 10:02:00 AM
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The advancement of information technology has made it easier than ever to run a small business, but your organization as well as your customers and their data may be at risk unless proper cybersecurity measures are in place.

Cybersecurity Best Practices

  • Conduct an initial audit to determine potential exposures for your organization as well as to establish an action plan for identifying and implementing proper controls.
  • Establish written policies detailing your organization’s cybersecurity safeguards, including topics such as password protocols, guidelines for internet use, customer data control, and penalties for policy violations.
  • Keep hardware and software up-to-date to decrease risk from the latest malware or other security threats.
  • Secure your internet connection, including implementing a firewall and assuring that Wi-Fi signals are secure and encrypted.
  • Manage employee access to the internet or customer data by creating separate, password-protected user IDs for all employees and only granting employees access to systems needed to perform their job.
  • Keep systems used for payments separate from other potentially less secure systems.
  • Work with banks to make sure that the payment systems and services in place are trusted and secure.
  • Make regular backups of vital data, including internal documents and customer information.
  • Store data backups offsite, either at a remote location or in the cloud.
  • Implement physical security measures, such as keeping network equipment, servers, and other hardware in locked or restricted-access areas.
  • Secure mobile devices by requiring password protection and installing trusted security and anti-fraud systems.
  • Require employees to change their passwords at regular intervals, and consider implementing multi-factor authentication systems.
These suggestions, paired with preventative security measures and discussing risk exposures with your broker, will increase the level of overall protection for your business.

Topics: Safety, cybersecurity

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