Did you know, damage costs due to cyber crime are expected to reach $6 trillion a year by 2021? That’s an absurd figure for an issue that is still flying under the radar for some. On the other hand, many companies are beginning to realize they need to be proactive when it comes to cybersecurity.
Has a cybersecurity plan has been on the agenda for your small business, but you’re not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these tips to help you get started.
1. Secure your network
Encrypting your information and securing your internet connection is the most important place to start. Implement a firewall to keep hackers out and keep your connection safe.
2. Install Anti-Virus
Each computer on your work network should have anti-virus software installed to help detect and remove malware. If one computer on your network becomes infected with a virus, spyware, or any other malicious code, then all devices on your network become vulnerable.
This one is a bit more obvious. If you rent an office in a larger building, make sure you lock your door behind you, even when you step out for lunch, or to use the restroom. Additionally, lock your computer when you step out. Locking doors is a physical security measurement, but an easy one to take. Your office, and your devices are gateways to sensitive information.
4. Create Policies & Procedures
Cyber crime can be nearly impossible to fully prevent. One of the most important steps you can take is to implement policies & procedures in the event of a cyber attack. Training your team on these procedures can make or break business. You can read more about creating a successful cybersecurity policy here.
5. Backup your systems
Frequently backup systems that are essential to your business model. For instance, if your business functions primarily via an e-commerce site, it is important to have a remote backup or copy of your site. There are all sorts of plugins and extensions that allow you to backup your site to remote locations, some of these tools even integrate with commonly used cloud storage platforms such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. We recommend scheduling nightly backups.
Cybersecurity can be a scary topic for a small business, we can help you establish a plan. Call or email us today for a free consultation. Thanks for reading!