Small business doesn’t mean small risk – especially when it comes to cyber security.
No matter your business’ size, nothing it more important than keeping your – and your customers’ – data and money safe. Here are as some steps you can take right now to protect your business:
1. Back everything up: Never store everything in one place or on a single device. Whether it’s an external hard drive or online cloud storage, make sure you always have secure location or with reputable vendor partner. And don’t count out keeping hard copies of your records, either!
2. Strengthen your passwords: You hear it so often that it might seem obvious, but don’t overlook the importance of having strong passwords. Your password is the first line of defense from hackers. Your password can never be too strong or changed too often. Consider even sending out quarterly reminders to staff to update passwords on their devices or accounts.
3. Utilize antivirus software: Protect yourself against viruses, malware, and spyware by using antivirus software. Make a point to run monthly checks and set up alerts for when your information may have been compromised.
4. Prioritize safe and secure partners: Any person or business that has access to your system can be considered a threat. Make sure the vendors you work with have best practices in place to prevent cybercrime – don’t be afraid to ask about their policies.
5. Train your team: Employees are often the first target for scammers, so ensure your employees maintain best practices and know what’s at stake. Sending out faux phishing emails as a test can give insight on employees who may need additional training on spotting a scammer or malicious material.
Cyber criminals know that small business may not have the resources to spend on security that large corporations do. Data hacking and cybercrimes are becoming more common, so make sure your small business is following best practices to minimize your vulnerability.