As more business owners utilize technology such as cloud computing and mobile devices and apps, the risk of hackers accessing money and sensitive business data becomes more real.
“Small businesses generally have fewer resources available to monitor and combat cyber threats, making them easy targets for expert criminals,”. “In addition, many of these firms have a false sense of security and believe they are immune from a possible cyber-attack.”
Here are three security tips:
1. Create a written security policy for employees.
When it comes to cyber security, one of the biggest problems is the lack of education among small-business owners and their employees.
Business owners and their IT departments need to stay up-to-date on issues relating to cyber security threats and should create a written security policy for employees. In it, determine whether employees should be allowed to have personal data on business devices. Conversely, figure out whether business data should be permitted on their personal devices and what to do in case a device is lost or stolen.
Then, share the document with employees and make certain that they understand what to do and why cyber security is vital.
2. Use stronger passwords.
This might seem like a no-brainer to some, but business owners have been “dumb” about creating smart passwords. If your password is a common word, or something that can be guessed based on public information, consider changing it to something more difficult to crack. Business owners should create passwords that are at least 12 characters long and contain upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers and special characters.
Also, avoid using the same password across multiple accounts. The more passwords between hackers and your data or money, the better.
3. Encrypt your data.
You can’t always keep hackers out of your computer systems, so take steps to protect the data contained within those systems, Freeman said. That’s where encryption comes in. Disk encryption tools come standard on most operating systems, including BitLocker for Windows PCs and FileVault for Macs. These programs essentially convert the data on your systems into unreadable code that isn’t easily deciphered by hackers.