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Understanding IT Security – The Business Owners’ Quick Guide

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The problem with cybersecurity is that it is often emphasized for the large firms and neglected by small businesses, with a whopping 87 per cent of small business owners thinking that their firms are not at any risk of being hacked. The fact is that approximately 50 per cent of small businesses are likely to be hacked.

Hackers love small businesses, mainly because they don’t have too much data, their data is quite specific, and they also have very little information technology (IT) security. Hackers can steal preliminary information, which they can then use to take even more data. You need to prepare your business to fight against cyber attack in every way that you can, so we developed some practical ways you can make yourself below.

Train Your Employees

Your employees are an essential part of your cybersecurity plan and should, therefore, participate as such. What you need is a cybersecurity policy for the entire business. It should have the best practices and procedures that your employees should follow. There should be employees for keeping everything and everyone safe, from the customer to the employee to the entire business. The policy should also have protocols that the employees can follow in case there is a cybersecurity breach.

Cyber Security Policy

In case you’re having trouble coming up with your own policy, don’t worry about it. You can choose any of many IT security frameworks out there. The best one to go for is the ISO 27001 security framework as laid out by the International Organization for Standardization.

You should also remind your employees to create strong passwords for their accounts, mobile devices and desktop computers. They should also use two-factor authentication as much and as often as they can.

Keep Your Computers Updated

Keeping your laptops, desktops and mobile devices updated is something you should regularly do, especially when it comes to the web browsers and operating systems you use.

For any business software, you frequently use, check for the latest versions and update the software. Go for cloud software whenever you can as it is automatically updated by the software vendor. If your employees use their smartphones for work, have them use updated software and also install a security app.

Backup Your Data

The data in your business should be regularly backed up. If that data ever gets lost or stolen, you should have a copy or copies of it somewhere.

This applies to all the important information in your business. Whatever lies on desktops at your business should have a copy lying in the cloud with both copies being well secured. You should also keep your data encrypted and protected by unique and strong passwords.

Access Should Be Limited

Not just anyone should be allowed access to your computers and business accounts, even if they are well known and trusted. Only authorized people should have access to data. Under no circumstances should you allow a client to borrow a company laptop to check something.

The rank and position of the employees might determine what they have access to. Make sure they stick to the policy you institute for them. They also shouldn’t share sensitive account information, such as passwords, with each other.

All of these measures should help protect your business information systems. Make sure you and your employees do whatever you can to thwart the efforts of hackers, and you will be well ahead of most small businesses out there.