If you think you’re safe because you are just operating a small business, you’re wrong. Based on some studies, the majority of the cyber attacks actually happened at businesses with less than 100 employees. Even bloggers are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. This is why it is very important that we know some of the cybersecurity best practices for our businesses, big or small.
So, how can your business avoid cyber-attacks? Here are 5 cybersecurity best practices you can implement today to make sure you are protected.
Educate your Employees
This is the most basic way to get started. Many small businesses often disregard this and put their company at risk. Some employees might unintentionally access files with worms and viruses that can cause harm to the whole organization.
It is very important that no matter how small your company is, you should have a comprehensive cybersecurity policy to make sure that your data and network are safe and secure.
Remind your employees to:
- Avoid pop-ups, unknown emails, and links
- Use strong password protection and authentication
- Communicate with the IT department for possible exposure to cybersecurity threats.
Install anti-malware software
It is essential to install anti-malware software in your devices and networks. Phishing attacks are quite rampant nowadays and they are known to inject malware. If an employee receives a phishing email and clicks on the link, he/she might be putting your organization at risk.
Back up data regularly
As they say, prevention is better than cure but sometimes the inevitable may happen no matter how secure your network is. Make sure to back up your data just in case something bad happens. It’s not just about cybersecurity. Backing up your data will ensure that you have everything functional in case of fire, flood, and other natural disasters.
Enable firewall protection
The first line of defense in helping you protect your data against cyberattacks is by enabling your firewall. It provides a barrier between your data and cybercriminals. It basically prevents unauthorized users to access your websites, mail services, and other important information.
If your employees happen to work from home, you must encourage them to install one in their home network.
Enforce strong password practices
You should require your employees to use strong and complex passwords at all times. This can prevent cyber attackers from accessing your company’s sensitive data.
Employees should be required to use passwords with upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. They should avoid using easy to remember passwords like name, birth date, and the likes.
By implementing these five cybersecurity best practices, you will significantly reduce the risk of cyber-attacks and data breaches.
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