Ever since the internet has become available to everyone who can afford a computer and an internet connection, cybersecurity has been and still is a serious concern. Not surprising seeing how lucrative cyber theft can be, costing the world $3 trillion in 2015. When a business shifted from analog to digital, running their operations and storing sensitive data on networks, they have become susceptible to intrusion.
Despite that, 85% of small businesses believe they are endangered. Even if you have trained your employees on security awareness and introduced advanced protection, your business can still be under threat from anyone with a computer and enough IT knowledge to hack into your systems.
There are some additional steps you can take to ensure your business is as protected as it can get. You maybe can’t prevent cybercrime, but you can take precautions.
1. Strong passwords
It might not sound as important, but having a strong password is the first and most important step to protecting you from attempts to steal any confidential data you have. Simple passwords which are repeated on various platforms are a newbie’s mistake. They should be elaborate, consisting of more than 10 letters, symbols, and numbers, and frequently changed.
2. Know which information is sensitive
When it comes to business, all information is confidential. But some are more sensitive than others, like banking details, employee personal information, and especially any data regarding your clients. The number one priority of all business´ today is to ensure complete client confidentiality.
3. Update your software regularly
No matter which cybersecurity software you use, you should make sure it is always up to date. Some software (e.g. anti-virus) has automatic updates, but many have to be manually updated. This is what most hackers are looking for, to penetrate your network and steal information.
4. Keep your hardware safe too
Digitally securing your assets might not be enough. In fact, if you have ironclad cybersecurity, hackers might opt for the old-fashion theft. They can try to physically steal login credentials, files, and any other exploitable information. This is why is it as important to secure your physical belongings as well.
5. Define different access privileges
The leading cause for security breaches is human error, usually by sending sensitive data to the wrong people. It´s very important to have loyal and trustful employees, so that leakage of any information can be prevented. This is why there should be different levels of access privileges, from full access for administrators to more restricted access for lower-level employees.
6. Educate your employees
To avoid human error as much as possible, your staff should be well-informed in various ways cyberattacks can happen and how to recognize them, like phishing, one of the most common methods of obtaining sensitive information.
7. Third-party risk
If you are working with vendors and suppliers, be careful during the vetting process and be sure that they are respecting cybersecurity practices the same as you. If they are not as vigilant in the protection of theirs, and at the same time yours, networks and data, you might be putting your business at risk.
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