Cyber attacks have been on the rise in recent years, and small businesses are often a common target for hackers as it is assumed that smaller businesses will not have the same resources as larger corporations, and will thus be more vulnerable. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help protect your businesses from a cyber attack; here are just a few of the steps you can take to secure your company.
Educate Employees on Cyber Security
One of the most important things a company of any size can do to improve their cyber security is to train all employees on cyber security practices. Employees at every level within your company should go through training on how to spot potential cyber threats online, what to do in the case of a breach, and steps they can take to keep the employee, vendor, and customer information safe. The fact is that your employees are going to be your weakest link, and keeping everyone up-to-date on the best cyber security practices will help to protect your business.
Use Backups Wisely
By now you have likely heard how important it is to regularly back up your company’s data in order to help you recover in the event of a cyber attack. In fact, it is generally recommended that you perform a backup at least once a week. However, with more businesses choosing to back up their data onto the cloud or remote servers, it is important that you protect your backup data so that it is not liable to be hacked. Before backing up data to remote servers, make sure that you encrypt any sensitive files as an extra layer of protection for your business.
Secure Your Network
In order to protect your primary data at your company, you should also use encryption to safeguard your company’s internet connection. If your business has a WiFi network, you should also make sure that access to the router and the wireless connection is secured by a strong password, and that your network is hidden so that it does not broadcast the network name to surrounding devices. If possible, you should also limit who has access to the WiFi password, even amongst your employees. This will limit access to your network and will help to protect your company’s sensitive information.
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