Cyber-Security is still one of the most challenging aspects of operating a small to medium sized business.  With limited technical expertise and resources small business owners often  reach out to Managed IT Service companies to secure their IT and mitigate risk.  However, not all IT Services companies have the expertise to provide expert cyber-security guidance to clients.  As such, small business owners should seek out IT providers that stay in front of current trends and invest in the lastest training.  Here are a list of things you can do to promote a greater level of security for your small business:

  1.  Ensure that employees use complex passwords and that they do not share passwords.  Set password policies that require employee to update at least quarterly.  Use two-factor authentication to enhance login security and protect brute force and dictionary passwords attacks.
  2. Protect your small business network against malware, spyware, viruses and phishing attacks by deploying antivirus software and anti-spam email services.  Update computer operating systems and software applications regularly with the latest security patches and updates.
  3.  Employee training.  Involve employees in discussion about the risks of malware and the potential impacts to business.  Some studies have shown that many businesses never recover from a cyber attack incident.  Create guidelines and policies for proper employee internet use and enforce them.
  4. Ensure that you have regular data backups and archive important emails. Backups should be stored offsite or in the cloud with a reputable online data backup service company.  Important data to backup includes, invoices, accounts payable, receivables and database files. Backups should be done at minimum weekly and stored offsite or with a trusted vendor.
  5. Control access to all computer resources.  Monitor and control physical access to remote systems with CCTV and access control systems.   Computers are easy targets when unattended.  Require employees to lock workstations, laptops and never share passwords.  Employees should only be granted access to network resources and information that are necessary to perform their job functions.
  6. Secure your Network and Email Services.  Secure all network devices and any device connected to WiFi. These devices should be patched and updated frequently.  This includes  “Internet of things” devices with embedded operating systems.  Examples of “IoT” devices include CCTV systems, wearables, echo dots, etc.   These OEM hardware devices should have default passwords updated and security updates applied regularly.
  7. Secure your company website.  Create strong administrator passwords, update plugins and themes.  Follow your hosting companies recommendations for securing your website.

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