Cyber Tips for Small Businesses

Monday February 27, 2017

 
"With cyber crime on the rise, small businesses need to be just as cautious as large businesses in preventing security breaches."

Wendy Light | wlight@peabodyinc.com

According to a recent internet security threat report, small businesses have increasingly become targets for cyber criminals. With over 40 percent of cyber attacks targeting small businesses, it is important to not only lower the risk of an attack but also be prepared if one occurs. The following simple, economical steps can help reduce your risk of falling victim to a costly cyber attack:

1. Equip each of your business’s computers with anti-virus software and anti-spyware, and update it regularly.

2. Use a firewall and encrypting information to safeguard your internet connection. Password-protect access to your router.

3. Establish policies outlining how employees should handle and protect personally identifiable information and other sensitive data.

4. Educate employees about cyber threats and hold them accountable to the business’s internet security policies and procedures.

5. Require employees to choose strong passwords and to change them often.

6. Make sure your banks and card processors utilize trusted anti-fraud services. Isolate payment systems from other, less secure programs.

7. Regularly back up data on all company computers, and store copies either off-site or on the cloud.

8. Control physical access to computers and network components. Require individual user accounts for each employee.

9. Create a mobile device action plan for lost or stolen equipment.

10. Protect every page of public-facing websites, not just the login page.