5 Simple Steps to Amp Up Cybersecurity for Your Small Business
Were you aware that damage costs due to cyber crime are expected to reach $6 trillion a year by 2021? That’s a ridiculously large 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 much more proactive when it comes to cybersecurity.
Has a cybersecurity plan been on the agenda for your small business? Are you short on time or don’t know where to begin? Don’t you fret, we have a few shareable tips to help you get started.
Start by Securing Your Network
Encrypting your information and securing your internet connection is the most important place to begin. Implement a firewall to keep hackers out and keep your connection safe.
Install Anti-Virus Software
Each computer on your 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 will become vulnerable.
This goes without saying, but if you’re renting an office in a larger building, always make sure to lock the door behind you – even if you’re just stepping out for lunch or using 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 the main gateways to sensitive information.
Create Policies & Procedures
Cybercrime can be almost impossible to prevent entirely. However, one of the most crucial steps you can take is implementing policies and procedures in the event of a cyber attack. Training your team on these procedures can make or break your business.
Backup Your Systems
You should frequently backup systems that are essential to your business model. For example, if your business functions primarily via an e-commerce site, it’s important to have a remote backup or copy of your site. There are tons of plugins and extensions that allow you to backup your site to remote locations. Some of these tools will even integrate with commonly used cloud storage platforms such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. We also recommend scheduling nightly backups.
Cybersecurity can be a rather frightening topic for small businesses, but we can help you establish a plan. Call or click to reach us today for a complimentary consultation!