Member Benefits: Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business

 March 09, 2020
Member Benefits

Securing your business and  technology is anything but “small” to a small business owner. Here are a few simple yet efficient cybersecurity tips for small business owners to avoid cybersecurity risks. 

Education and training best practices: These are perhaps the most vital parts of IT security. Educate all employees with best practices and provide refresher training sessions when best practices are modified 
or new employees join.  

Protect against viruses, spyware and other malicious code: Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and ensure all software on the network is updated and set to update automatically.

Back up data: It doesn’t matter whether data is stored in the cloud, on the premises or in a hybrid data center —businesses should 
back up all files to media that is not connected to the internet. 

Create strong passwords and authentication: Require employees to create strong passwords, such as a phrase containing random words or letters. Consider implementing universal factor authentication that requires a physical USB device. 

Secure Wi-Fi networks: Change the password on your Wi-Fi network so it is not the default and ensure that if you provide guests access to a Wi-Fi network, they cannot access your employee network.

Create a mobile device policy: Mobile devices allow employees to work anywhere and anytime, but the devices create security challenges — especially if they hold confidential information or can access the corporate network. Provide employees with a virtual private network (VPN) to access your network securely with their mobile device.

Employ best practices on payment cards: Choose a bank with trusted tools and anti-fraud services. Isolate payment systems from other systems.

Provide firewall security for internet connections: A firewall is a set of related programs that prevent outsiders from accessing data on a private network. Make sure the operating system’s firewall is enabled and properly configured. If employees work from home, ensure their home system(s) are protected by a firewall.

Control access to computers: Control physical access to your computers and create a user account for each employee. Ensure mobile devices and laptops are locked or protected by adequate passwords when unattended. Administrative privileges should only be given to trusted IT staff and key personnel.

This contributing article is from Pearl Insurance, a WRA partner. 

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