Cyber Security

These days, the only way to successfully run a small business is to be connected, and we do pretty much everything digitally. This means that we are using a number of devices in small businesses, and a lot of sensitive information is being stored on these devices. Is your sensitive information safe from hackers? Because they don’t always have a lot of money to invest in sophisticated security software, criminals are targeting more and more small businesses. They know that security is minimal, and that they can steal money, information, and more. Here are some tips you can use to improve cyber security for your small business.

  • Identify All Sensitive Data – It is important that you identify each and every piece of company data that is sensitive. This includes any financial records, employee records, consumer information, etc. You need to know exactly where this information is stored on all devices and severs, and that you have the proper protection in place to keep all of your data safe.
  • FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner – If you aren’t able to hire someone whose job would be to protect your business from cyber threats, another option is to use the FCC’s Small Biz Cyber Planner. This is a great tool that asks you questions that will determine the type of cyber security strategies you should be using for your small business. You will receive a planning guide, as well as a PDF that is customized for your business and provides your template for cyber security strategy.
  • Antivirus Software – It is particularly important that you protect your company devices from spyware, viruses, and any malicious codes. In addition to installing software to protect your sensitive information, you also need to make sure that it is regularly updated on all company computers.
  • Securing Smartphones – You likely use your smartphone for a lot of business applications. How secure is your smartphone? Anyone can go out and by a mobile phone spy program, and they can use it to steal your sensitive information, both personal and business. Make sure that you lock your smartphone, use strong passwords, and install security apps that will give you added protection.
  • Employee Social Media Usage – Many businesses are taking advantage of social media these days. While it is an excellent marketing tool, your employees need to know how to use it safely. Make sure that they are taught how to create posts that advertise your business while not giving away any trade secrets that can be used by competitors. Playing it safe can ensure that you get the most out of social media.
  • Employee Cyber Security Rules – It may be that you must allow certain employees to have access to sensitive company information. If this is the case, it is important that you create a set of rules that outlines how those employees are to handle that information, and what they need to do in order to protect it. Make sure that there are penalties in place for any employee who violates any company policies, especially when it comes to cyber security.
  • Limit Data Access – Once you have identified all of your data and you know where everything is stored, you also need to keep track of everyone who has access to this information. No employee, not even those at the highest levels, should be given carte blanch when it comes to sensitive information. Make sure that you have detailed information about anyone who has access to sensitive company data. That way, if there are any issues, they can be traced back to the source. Limiting access also ensures that information isn’t disclosed by employees.