Cybersecurity is a growing concern for businesses of all sizes. According to the FBI, cybercrime costs U.S. companies $450 billion each year—a figure that’s expected to grow even higher in 2020. Fortunately, there are numerous ways that business owners can protect their data and networks, including IT security training and regular backups. In this post, we’ll outline some basic tips for how to keep your business safe online:
Build a culture of security
In order to create a culture of security, it is important to have everyone in your company on board. This means that the culture of security should be embedded in your company’s values and goals, shared across all departments, communicated to all employees and reinforced regularly.
The IT department should be involved in this process but they shouldn’t be the only ones who understand cybersecurity best practices. They need help from HR and Legal teams when it comes to creating policies around data privacy and confidentiality. Salespeople may even have valuable insight into how their customers use technology so they can help inform decisions about which devices are allowed on-site or used at home by employees during work hours (and which ones aren’t).
Conduct IT security training
- Make sure your employees are aware of the importance of IT security.
- Conduct IT security training for everyone in your company, not just IT staff.
- Use a variety of training methods, including video and slideshows as well as live demonstrations where possible.
- Teach employees how to identify phishing scams by having them practice on each other (in a safe environment). This will help them learn how to spot these scams when they’re sent through email or text messages.
- Train employees on how to use strong passwords that don’t contain personal information such as birthdays or pet names so hackers can’t guess them easily if they get their hands on one file containing these details about you personally at some point during an attack on your business’s website/server etcetera…
Use a firewall
It’s no secret that firewalls are a critical part of any cybersecurity plan. Firewalls are designed to protect your network from unauthorized users, hackers, and malware by blocking access to certain ports or applications. There are two main types of firewalls: hardware and software. Hardware-based firewalls are standalone devices that you can install at the network level (e.g., on top of your router). Software-based firewalls run as software programs installed directly on each computer or server within your organization’s infrastructure–and they’re often used alongside hardware solutions for additional protection against potential threats like viruses and Trojans
Implement an antivirus solution
A good antivirus solution is essential for any business, but it’s not enough to just have one installed. You need to make sure it is updated regularly and has the latest virus definitions. If you don’t know what version of your antivirus software you have, check with your IT department or ask them to look into getting a newer version installed on your computers if they haven’t already done so.
Encrypt your data
Encrypt your data. Data encryption is the process of encoding information so that it can only be read by someone who has access to a secret key or password. It can protect your data from unauthorized access, even if it’s stolen or lost.
Encrypt your data at rest and in transit. You should use encryption algorithms that are FIPS 140-2 compliant, which means they have been tested by an independent third party and found to work as intended without introducing any security vulnerabilities or weaknesses into your system. Use strong encryption keys–longer passwords are always better than shorter ones–and change them regularly (for example, every 30 days).
Backup your data securely
A secure backup is an essential component of your business’s cybersecurity strategy. You should be using a cloud storage service or an encrypted USB drive to back up your data, but even these methods are not foolproof. There are ways to hack into these systems, so it’s important that you also back up in other ways as well:
- Backup to an external hard drive and store it in a safe place away from the office (such as at home).
- Backup onto another computer or server that isn’t connected directly with yours through Wi-Fi or Ethernet cables. This will help prevent hackers from accessing your information if they manage to gain access through other means like viruses or malware infections on one of your devices’ operating systems (OS).
If possible, try not keeping any sensitive documents on any one device–especially laptops which can easily get stolen when left unattended at coffee shops!
Stay up-to-date on the latest threats and best practices
- Stay up-to-date on the latest threats and best practices.
- Use the latest software updates, including those that come with your operating system, browsers, and any other applications you use regularly.
- Keep your security software up-to-date at all times–this includes antivirus software (like Avast or McAfee), firewall programs (such as Norton), and so forth.
- Read the news to stay informed about cyberattacks in general; this will help you know what kinds of attacks are being made against companies like yours so that you can be better prepared should such an attack occur on your systems or networks
Cybersecurity is more important than ever.
Cybersecurity is more important than ever.
With the rise of technology, cyber-attacks have become more frequent and sophisticated. Cybersecurity is a big issue for businesses and individuals alike; everyone needs to be aware of how they can protect themselves from cyber-criminals who are looking to steal information or money.
The threats to your business are real, and they’re growing every day. But you can take steps to protect yourself and your customers from cyberattacks.