Cybersecurity measures for small businesses

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If you have a small business, you might think that your business will not be the target of cyber criminals. What you do not know is that small businesses are a bigger target compared to big companies. Cyber-attacks are mainly used to obtain personal information that is later used to commit fraud.

There are different kinds of attacks when it comes to small businesses. 

  • Advanced threats where a hacker goes into the business system and slowly steals information. This is usually the most dangerous form since you may not know how much information has been lost.
  • Password-based threats where the hacker uses the password they fraudulently obtained to either steal information or cause damage.
  • Malware where an outside program allows the hacker to have remote access to a device.
  • Phishing that targets users. Here, a legitimate-looking email is used to trick users into giving their personal information that can be used to steal their identities and commit fraud.

With these attacks, you can see the need of improving your cybersecurity not only for your business, but also for your clients. If you have a business, you need to improve your security to reduce the risk of having your information stolen. 

Have a look at this informative post to see the cybersecurity measures you can put in place. 

  1. Educate your staff on the latest cybersecurity measures.
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You need to educate your staff on the latest cybersecurity measures put in place. You also need to ensure they are up-to-date on the latest phishing scams and other tricks being used to get their information. They also need to know the programs they are not allowed to download and use. You also need to educate them on how to set strong passwords.  This will help improve your business security.

  1. Have a dedicated IT team

You do not need to wait until there is a problem to have an IT team look at how secure your network is. You need to have a dedicated IT team that will be in charge of securing your network. The team should be able to come and do regular maintenance checks for your business. If you cannot have an in-house team, you can outsource and have the IT experts come periodically. That way, you can protect your network without breaking your account.

  1. Secure your Wi-Fi network
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Having Wi-Fi for a business is a necessity. However, you need to ensure your network is secure. Unsecure networks are a threat to your information. Having weak passwords leaves your network open to anyone who is a bit tech savvy to access it. You need to use secure passwords on your Wi-Fi network. Your business network is useful as it allows for easy sharing of information between your employees. Securing your network will ensure that the information shared within your system does not get into the wrong hands. It also makes it harder for hackers to get into your business.

  1. Limit the number of external devices on your network
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You do not have any control over the personal devices of your employees. However, you can limit the number of devices on your network. External devices can have malware that can spread through your network. This can allow third parties to have access to your company information. Although you cannot control the devices your employees use, you can control the devices that have access to the company network. If you allow people to come to work with their devices, you need to update the security measures and restrict the devices that can access the network.

  1. Frequently change your password
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This is something that most businesses forget. It might seem like something small, but it can go a long way in protecting your network. Do not have the same password for more than three months. Also, keep sensitive information away from employees who do not need to have access to it. Maintaining anonymity of important data is of utmost importance in businesses. You can have different passwords for different departments and only employees with the right clearance can access the information. It will make it harder to hack into the business since one will not know the password currently in use. In case you feel like your password is not safe, have it changed immediately. Remember, “A stitch in time saves nine”.