Previously we published a blog revealing why more than half of all cyber attacks are targeted at small businesses. In this follow-up blog installment, we offer you valuable recommendations to fortify your small business against ever-threatening cyber crime.
Create a Cyber Security Culture
Your staff is your first line of defense in cyber security. Everyone – from top management to hourly employees – should understand their role in risk and security. Educate all personnel on cyber security best practices, and continually provide updates and refresher sessions to elicit awareness and keep cyber security in the forefront of their minds.
Take Advantage of Free Resources
You don’t have to pay pricey fees for elaborate seminars to educate employees and become proficient in cyber security best practices. A plethora of free resources exist to help, from webinars to whitepapers, forums and blogs to SMB consultants. Also stay abreast of cyber crime trends, knowing how and who the criminals are attacking helps to better plan your defenses.
Keep Sensitive Data to a Need-to-Know Basis
Restrict sensitive data to those who need it only to do their jobs. Security breaches can originate from within.
Hackers love to exploit known vulnerabilities when organizations fail to conduct available patches. Execute updates immediately and keep software up-to-date.
Be Proactive and Aware
Don’t sit and wait for someone else to discover your breach. Monitor your log files and change management systems to help detect suspicious activity.
Encrypt Sensitive data
Even if the unthinkable happens and you’re breached, encrypted data will thwart the bad actors from using it.
Backup Your Data
This is where many companies fail. Data should be backed up – and frequently. But it should also be stored offsite or on a separate network from the originals, and it should be easily and quickly recoverable in the event of a breach.
Use two-factor authentication
“Two minds are better than one” …and so are two authentication methods. Though not fail-safe, multi-factor authentication adds additional layers to your security barriers.
Secure Your Physical World
Criminals can also steal your data by first gaining entry to your premises. Don’t forget such things as security cameras and key-card entries to bolster your physical security.
60% of small businesses say attacks are becoming more severe and more sophisticated.1
Being small doesn’t have to equal being defenseless. Even the big enterprises, with the latest and greatest cyber technology, can fall victim to cyber criminals if they don’t use their resources wisely, if they don’t educate their employees, or if they are careless and don’t follow cyber security best practices.
Want to remain resilient and learn more ways to bolster your cyber security? Contact an Assurance certified business continuity professional today. We will be happy to help you get secure: 800-478-7645.
For more great industry info, check out our free whitepaper:
1. 5 Cybersecurity Statistics Every Small Business Should Know in 2018, Barkly, 2018
2. 2017 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses (SMB), Ponemon Institute, 2017
3. 2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses (SMB), Ponemon Institute, 2018
4. 2019 Tech Trends for Small Businesses, MRW, 2019
5. Nearly 70 Percent of SMBs Experience Cyber Attacks, Security, 2018
Written by Angie Longacre
As a writer for Assurance Software, Angie devotes her craft to promoting business continuity and disaster recovery awareness, and trumpeting Assurance Software’s invaluable benefits for both. When she’s not commanding the keyboard, you can find her outside for a run, searching for her next antique treasure, or lost in a good book.