Cyber Security Tips (Vital For Your Business)

                            



What is Cyber Security? It is generally techniques put into operation to protect the cyber environment. It is measures taken to protect a computer or computer system, against unauthorized access or attack.

In today’s digital era, broadband and information technology are considered to be two of the most high-powered tools for delivering information. These high-powered tools not only make a huge difference for large businesses but for small businesses this might be that turning point that makes the difference between small businesses reaching new markets and increasing company sales and productivity.

However, when it comes to cybersecurity threats, all businesses both large and small must implement the best tools and strategies in order to protect themselves, their data and their customers. The Federal Communications Commission has offered help for small businesses who are interested in creating their own customized Cyber Security Planning Guide. Just click the following link www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner. Businesses can also download resources on cybersecurity awareness by clicking this link www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.

The following lists ten key cybersecurity tips that small businesses can use for protection. 

1.  Training employees in security principals, by establishing basic security practices and policies, such as:  


  •  Requiring strong password
  • Establishing appropriate internet use guidelines that describe penalties for violating company cybersecurity policies. 



  • Establishing rules of behavior on how to handle and protect customer information and other vital data.  

2.  Protect information on computers and networks from cyber attacks. Have the latest security software, web browser, and operating system. This is the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats. 


  • Set-up anti-virus software to run scans after each update. Install other key software updates as soon as they are available. 

3.  Provide firewall security for your internet connection. A firewall is a set of related programs that prevent outsiders from accessing data on a private network. You should make sure your operating system’s firewall is enabled, or install free software available online. If your employees work from home, you should ensure that their home systems are protected by a firewall.

4. Create a mobile device action plan. Mobile devices can sometimes create significant security and management challenges, especially when they hold confidential information, or can access corporate networks. You should require all users to password protect their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps in order to prevent criminals from stealing information while the phone is on public networks. Also, set reporting procedures for lost or stolen equipment.

5.  Always make backup copies of important business data and information. You should always do regular backups of data on all computers. Critical data may include word processing documents, electronic spreadsheets, databases, financial files, human resources files, and accounts receivable/payable files. Also, backup data automatically whenever possible, or weekly and store copies offsite or in the cloud.

6.  Control physical access to your computer and create user accounts for each employee. You should prevent unauthorized individuals access or use of business computers. Laptops are usually easy targets for theft or can be lost. So lock them up when unattended. You should make sure each employee has a separate user account, and require the use of strong passwords. All Administrative privileges should only be given to trusted IT staff and key personnel.

7.  Secure WiFi networks. If you have WiFi networks, make sure it’s secure, encrypted and hidden. To hide your WiFi network, set up your wireless access point or router so it doesn’t broadcast the network name, which is known as the Service Set Identifier. You should also password protect access to the router.

8.  Utilize best practices on payment cards, such as credit and debit cards. Work with banks or processors to ensure that the most trusted and validated tools and anti-fraud services are being used. You may also have additional security obligations, following agreements with your bank or processor. You should also isolate payment systems from your other less secure programs, and don’t use the same computer to process payments and surf the internet.

9.  Limit your employee’s access to data and information, and limit their authority to install software. Do not provide any one employee with access to all data systems. Employees should only be given access to specific data systems that they need for their job, and should not be able to install any software without permission.

10. Passwords and authentication. Should require employees to use unique passwords and change passwords every three months. You should consider implementing multifactor authentication that requires additional information beyond a password to gain entry. Check with your vendors that handle sensitive data, especially financial institutions, to see if they offer multifactor authentication for your account.

This article was published on 03.03.2018 by Sharon Mccorkle
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