Keeping your business’s sensitive data safe is crucial for maintaining success. However, because most companies store important information within data systems, cyberattacks are on the rise. Although the media always highlights large-scale data breaches, smaller businesses are the number one target of hackers. Utilize these different ways your business can increase cybersecurity to protect yourself from a breach.
Keep Computers Updated
Keeping up basic maintenance on your company’s IT equipment is an excellent first line of defense. You should install the latest version of any software or app because the older versions are easier for hackers to access.
Once your hardware can no longer keep up with the latest software, it’s time for new equipment. You must wipe your old hard drives properly to avoid the consequences of destroying data improperly.
Limit Access and Require Strong Passwords
It probably comes as no surprise, but you shouldn’t allow anyone outside your employees access to your computers and accounts. Even then, it’s best to limit employee access to information necessary to do their job.
Aside from limited access, having strong password standards and requiring employees to change them frequently is a great defense against hackers.
Train Employees on Phishing
Phishing is when hackers use familiar information (i.e., people, places, logos) as bait to convince a company’s employees to click on a bad link or reply with sensitive information. As new phishing tactics and information become available, you should conduct new training sessions to keep everyone up-to-date on what to be aware of. Incorporating a course on phishing into your new hire training provides your employees with the skills and knowledge to help protect your business.
Secure Your Wi-Fi Network
You most likely have a Wi-Fi network for your workspace, and you should ensure that you keep it hidden, encrypted, and secure. Set up your router so that the network name doesn’t appear on nearby Wi-Fi sources and password protect access to the router to avoid a network break-in.
Knowing the different ways your business can increase cybersecurity gives you the upper hand when it comes to shutting hackers out. If you’re new to business ownership, you should add strong cyber security to your list of habits to develop when starting a company.