It’s Cyber Security Awareness Month, so that means it’s time to make sure you have some systems in place that protect your business every month and day to come!
Here are 5 cyber security tips for businesses that you need to know to help keep your business safe:
Do A Risk Assessment
The first thing you should do to start protecting your business’s data is to see where your vulnerabilities are now. A great way to do this is to use your own IT professionals or hire an outside IT company to audit your current systems. This will show you where to improve your protocols and give you an excellent overview of what needs fixing.
Create Protocols and Provide Training
Once you know where you need to improve, it’s time to start making policy and procedure changes to fill those gaps. However, all of these will mean nothing if your employees aren’t properly trained to perform them. So be sure that you provide thorough training to the employees who need it and have resources available for reference. This will ensure that fewer to no breaches happen by mistake since employees will know exactly what to do.
Layer Your Security
Encryption, multi-factor authentications, firewalls, password policies, etc., are great ways to implement cyber security. However, the best cyber security systems utilize all of these and more to create a stronger shield around their data. So don’t just depend on one password to keep your business safe. Instead, make sure you have layers of security to protect your data and prevent any breaches. Think of cyber security as locks on a door. The more locks you have, the harder it is to get through.
Monitor Access Points
Every company phone, computer, tablet, etc. is an access point to your business’s data. It’s essential to monitor these access points and only provide what is necessary for each employee to do their job. Not every employee needs access to your entire system, so make sure you have systems in place that separate what is needed by each one. Doing this will help to prevent any breaches from happening that could have been easily prevented.
Back-Up and Organize Data
The way you store your data is just as necessary as how you protect it. It’s also important to make sure that your data is properly and securely backed up as well. Having policies in place for keeping data organized and backed up can save you a lot of time and frustration. Just make sure that your backup data is also secured and protected so that it’s not compromised either. Backing up and organizing your data will make it easy for you and/or IT professionals to access it if needed.
As you can see, implementing good cyber security practices for your business is not very difficult. All it takes is some careful planning, and you will be able to protect your business’s data easily!