As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate as you manage the day-to-day operations of your company and plan for its future. Unfortunately, cybersecurity is one area that some business owners might not think about until it’s too late. These are some steps you can take to help keep your company protected.
Regular Training and Retraining
Whether it is a set of rules for new hires or a reminder for existing employees, ensure everyone at your company is familiar with your cybersecurity practices and procedures. All employees should be aware of how to spot a phishing attempt, how to conceal customer data and ways to protect their devices, such as by keeping them locked or avoiding leaving a laptop in their car. By setting and keeping expectations, you can create a first line of defense.
Secure Your Wi-Fi Network
It is important that the only people using your Wi-Fi network are your employees or other business partners you trust. Make sure your network is secure, encrypted, hidden and password protected.
Back Up Your Data
It is crucial to back up your company’s data including but not limited to customer information, databases, financial data and human resources files. If you choose to back up to a physical device in lieu of the cloud, be certain to keep it offsite. Establish a pattern of regularly backing up your data to stay as up-to-date as possible.
Ensuring both you and your employees are regularly changing your passwords is an important habit to create. The recommended cadence for updating passwords is once every three months. Another defense against scammers is employing multifactor authentication on your systems, which provides an extra layer of security by requiring employees to enter a second passcode to access your network.
Provide a Firewall
A firewall is a security device that monitors traffic on your network, blocking certain traffic based on a set of security rules. Be certain to enable your operating system’s firewall or research other installable firewall options to find one that is right for your business. Additionally, make sure employees install the latest software updates on their devices as they become available to take full advantage of security enhancements.
You’ve worked hard to build your company, so be sure to protect it from cyber threats as you grow. Taking preventative measures and establishing sound habits across your company could save your valuable information from falling into the wrong hands.
Published July 2022
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