5 Important Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

With the latest news about Yahoo’s data breach compromising over a billion accounts, cybersecurity is back at the forefront of people’s minds. While major data breaches get headlines on the nightly news, the truth is that the vast majority of businesses that are hacked are small businesses. Why is this the case? It’s usually because smaller businesses don’t have the same level of cybersecurity as large corporations. The good news is that there are ways for you to improve the security of your network without breaking the bank. Here are 5 cybersecurity tips you can utilize in your small business.

  1. Improve Your Password Protection

Using passwords to protect computer networks is now standard practice for businesses big and small. However, you should establish strong standards in this regard. Use strong passwords and change them regularly. Implement policies designed to help standardize how coworkers can share passwords with each other as well.

  1. Access Limits

Layered security can keep your valuable data safe even in the event of hacking. So limit access to certain types of information and add layers of protection to it, such as more passwords or encryption.

  1. Monitor Employees’ Personal Devices

Small businesses may not have the funds necessary to provide every employee with their own laptops or smartphones. In these cases, businesses will allow their employees to access company data through their own personal devices. However, it is critical to your company’s security to create cybersecurity policies for these devices. You don’t necessarily have to invade personal privacy in these measures, but having some kind of monitoring software and protocols for password changes is a good move.

  1. Keep Your Employees On Guard

Employees can cause breaches through no fault of their own even with a support staff in place. Make sure that your employees understand how to use company resources to follow security procedures.

  1. Plan for the Worst

Have a plan in place for the worst-case scenario – a total data breach. Have a backup ready to ensure that your business will continue to run with minimal disruption in the event of a data loss.

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