How secure is your small business? Unfortunately, many small business owners mistakenly believe that their organization is safe from hackers and other security issues. According to Forbes Online, an overwhelming 87% of small business owners do not think their companies are in any danger. The reality is that small businesses are a perfect target for hackers as they have important data and minimal security. Knowing this, what can you do to tighten the security of your company? Here are a few tips.
- Train your Employees – The people on your staff are on the front lines of stopping potential security issues, whether it is a suspicious email, a login that is unfamiliar or missing data. Security training for all employees means that they will be able to recognize suspicious urls, malicious emails, and other security red flags through regular and extensive training. Having cyber security protocols and procedures can nip some problems before they become serious issues.
- Update Computers and Software – The newer the software the more up-to-date the security is. Regularly update your software to be sure you have the most recent version. If your data is on the cloud, updates should happen automatically.
- Disaster Planning and Back Up – Hope for the best and plan for the worst is the way to go for security and data breaches. Your small business should have a disaster plan in the case of an act of nature, power outage, or malicious hacking. In addition to a plan in the case of a security issues, you should also have plans for regular back ups be it daily, weekly, or monthly. Backed up data should be safely stored in the case of such an incident – so that it is easily accessible to get your company back on its feet as soon as possible.
- Limit Access – Clients, employees, and vendors should have limited access to your data depending upon the purpose of using the information. Limit access wherever possible. Using individual logins can keep access to critical data limited and therefore a little safer.
Do you need help keeping your small business safe from potential threats? Call Spectra Networks for more information at 978.219.9752, or visit our website. We can conduct a threat assessment and make suggestions to tighten up your small business.