Cyber Security: How to Protect Your Business Online

It’s a pretty common misconception that cyber security is only about the software and monitoring that protects emails, operating system, network, and printing devices from malicious attack or data theft. To start, this is the largest and most important part of cyber security for your business. However, employees play a more significant role in your business’ protection online. Ensuring that your employees are properly trained and have acute awareness of the best practices can help prevent major security breaches. Below are a couple steps that will help you protect your business online.  

Teach Employees 

Typically, when a small business starts out it results in many employees taking on multiple jobs/responsibilities. This means that it is essential that all of your employees who are accessing the network need to be accurately trained on the company’s network cyber security practices and security policies. As cybercriminals have become more evasive to many polices, it is absolutely necessary to run regular updates on the new protocols. To help hold employees accountable, create a document that all employees are required to sign that states they have been informed and trained on the policies regarding the cyber security of the company. If any employee violates this document, the respective employee understands that disciplinary actions will be taken if they do not follow these security policies.  

Passwords Need to Be Secure 

We all know how annoying a password change can be, but we need to remember that they are very necessary. According to recent studies, 63 percent of data breaches happened due to lost, stolen or generally weak passwords. Did you know that 65 percent of small businesses with password policies don’t actually enforce them? In this technological society, its essential that all employee devices accessing the company network be password protected. The most secure passwords consist of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. It is also heavily recommended that all passwords should be changed every 60 to 90 days. 

Last but Not Least 

Unfortunately, it is impossible to prevent all attacks on your information, but you can stop them from getting through to your delicate information. It is recommended to backup all electronic documents, spreadsheets, databases, financial files, HR documentations, and any forms of payments/accounts receivable files. Make sure that the backups are not only on a digital cloud but also on a physical hard drive in a secure location. Regularly check your backups to ensure that it the backup is functioning correctly. 

Need to learn more on how to protect your business with cyber security? Talk with your local agent for more information.