Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Businesses

Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important for businesses and individuals of all sizes. Every day there’s a new company apologizing for a breach of data or admitting that they were victimized. Cyberattacks can be devastating for even the largest conglomerates, while small businesses tend to be more vulnerable. It’s a good idea to know that cybersecurity measures can be easily implemented and can improve your company’s security online. Everyone should adhere to the fundamental cybersecurity principles of using strong passwords, regularly updating software and enabling multifactor authentication and safe emailing.

It is crucial for companies to have a team or a consultant focused on monitoring security of devices and networks. This will ensure that security holes are dealt with immediately after they are discovered. Additionally, it is important to have a backup system in place so that the event that an attack succeeds, the business can continue to run while cybersecurity experts address the damages and clean up.

It is important to inform your employees about what to look out for in attachments or emails that look suspicious or out of the ordinary. Even with the most secure security procedures in place, some attacks are likely to succeed. If employees are able to recognize the warning signs and know what to do in the event of compromise and is able to reduce the amount of time and potential damage of the attack. This can be done through awareness training and a system that encourages honesty. Companies should also be able monitor and record their employees’ activity through their networks and devices to identify any irregularities.

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