5 essential cybersecurity measures for small business owners
5 Essential Cybersecurity Measures for Small Business Owners
No matter what your industry is, cybersecurity is a vital protection to have. Thanks to the interconnected world we all operate in today, a small business is just as much a target as an organisation with deeper pockets. It can feel challenging to find the resources to ensure the best possible cybersecurity for your business – but there are some simple measures you can start with that will help to get that protection in place.
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- Have a firewall as your foundation – Firewalls are the first line of cybersecurity defence for business owners. Most operating systems will have an inbuilt firewall but it’s often worth investing in something more advanced for devices. A hardware firewall can also protect all devices on a single network – but remember that this will not protect those employees who are working from home on their own networks.
- Invest in anti-malware software – Every device and computer that your business uses should be protected with anti-malware software, especially those that are being used outside of the office. If you want to make sure that this protection never lapses, then ensure that you check the box for automatic updates.
- Protect mobile devices against threats – Given how much we use mobile devices in business today it’s no surprise that they are often a target. Effective protection often means investing in a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to provide protection even if devices are logging in on open Wi-Fi networks. It can also be useful to buy your own mobile devices that are strictly for use on business networks only – if there is the budget to do so. Strong passwords are also a critical part of protecting mobile devices against threats – as is training so that your staff can recognise phishing emails and potential malware and avoid downloading infected attachments or clicking on links.
- Implement regular backups and updates – This is basic cybersecurity for small business owners – and so simple to do. And yet, it is so often left until the last minute, or even until the worst has happened and it’s too late. When operating systems and software are up to date they are protected against vulnerabilities and patched to ensure that hackers can’t take advantage of any problems in the software – that’s why this is so important. Backing up should be a weekly task for a small business owner. But if your business is constantly acquiring new data then this is something that you might even want to do every day.
- Create a cybersecurity infrastructure – This is essentially all about getting clear on your business’s cybersecurity policies. The policies should cover everything, from what to do if a breach does occur to network security and your policies relating to the use of mobile devices. Policies like this need to be regularly updated to consider evolving threats – every few months is ideal – and communicated to your staff.
If you’re a small business owner looking to improve the cybersecurity measures you have in place these are some of the best places to start.
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