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February 10, 2022 No Comments

Featured article by Carl Newton, Cybersecurity Strategist

 7 Tech Tips For Improving Your Business’s Cyber Security

Today, cybersecurity attacks can target any business. Everyone is at risk, whether it’s a large-scale corporation or a small business. Although data breach reports mainly focus on corporations and government agencies, small and medium businesses are also at risk of a cybersecurity attack. In most cases, they lack proper protection, which might be due to budget deficiency or believing they’ll not fall victim to a potential breach.   

Lack of proper protection will put your business vulnerable to a cybersecurity breach and put both your business and client’s data at risk. When you lose critical data such as names, credit card numbers, addresses, and other sensitive information, your customers will no longer consider your business reliable while negatively harming your finances.  

Regardless of the size of the business you’re managing, it’s crucial to prioritize cybersecurity at all times. If you find the technical aspects of cybersecurity too challenging, consider consulting a professional to tackle the job.

Aside from hiring a professional to handle the security of your business, here are several measures you need to implement to improve your business’s cybersecurity:

Pinpoint Any Vulnerabilities In Your System 

An initial step in improving cybersecurity for your business is identifying and removing any vulnerabilities ranging from the system, websites, and applications your employees use. Make sure to cover everything when running an assessment.   

The best way to start is to audit your network assets, including the operating systems and software. You can consult or hire a professional to cover everything during the evaluation.

Use Strong Passwords And Change Them Often

An initial step in improving cybersecurity for your business is identifying and removing any vulnerabilities ranging from the system, websites, and applications your employees use. Make sure to cover everything when running an assessment.   

The best way to start is to audit your network assets, including the operating systems and software. You can consult or hire a professional to cover everything during the evaluation.

 7 Tech Tips For Improving Your Business’s Cyber Security

Boost The Security Of Your Networks

When running a business, it’s crucial to find ways to safeguard your Internet connection by implementing a firewall and data encryption.   

The firewall should efficiently manage the traffic into your network and which websites your employees can visit. By utilizing this approach, it prevents them from visiting compromised websites unintentionally.   

Additionally, consider setting up permissions on your Wi-Fi network to limit authorized users and activities. Doing so will protect sensitive data on your network.

Strictly Monitor The Devices Used By Employees

If you lack the budget to provide employees with devices in the workplace, you’re likely to allow them to use their devices to access the business system and data.   

In such cases, ensure that protocols are in place to enable your network administrator to deploy automated security upgrades, routine password updates, and tracking software. Remember that it’s a safety precaution to help minimize the risk of cybersecurity attacks while ensuring your data is secure.

Limit Access To Critical Data

The task of monitoring the online interactions of your employees can be time-consuming and intrusive in some instances. Implementing standards giving instructions on how employees should safeguard personal information and other vital data is one approach to prevent inconvenience.   

In general, it entails restricting access to specific information and using layered security measures such as additional passwords, encryption, security questions, and so on.   

Clearly explain the possible consequences and ensure your employees fully understand them in case they overlook your company’s cybersecurity policies. Remember that implementing layered security can also protect your critical data in case a data breach occurs.

Foster Accountability Among Employees

If you’re managing a business, you’re well aware of how rigid the competition can be. It might be best to consider educating your workforce about cybersecurity risks and how to safeguard your company’s data as the priority.   

Today, social media is a must-have tool to generate leads and customers. Still, it’s necessary to know how to use it properly while minimizing your chances of becoming a target by hackers. Your employees should be well-informed on utilizing social media without disclosing any critical data to the competition or public. Although it may not be a top priority, holding your staff responsible for your security standards may make a difference.

Backup Your System And Data

If a data breach occurs, businesses can lose critical data that can negatively impact their trustworthiness. Regularly Backing up your system and data can help preserve information in the event of a data breach. All vital data should be duplicated and encrypted, preferably on the cloud. Don’t forget to utilize encryption and strong passwords for an extra level of security.

Final Thoughts 

Regardless of the size of the business you’re running, don’t take cybersecurity for granted. As cybersecurity attacks continue to increase, all businesses are at risk, and you should find ways to improve the level of security your business has. Working with an expert on cybersecurity solutions and adopting appropriate safety measures can ensure that your company’s data is secure at all times.

Author Bio

Carl Newton is a cybersecurity strategist. He has been in the industry for more than 11 years. Carl shares his expertise and skills by conducting webinars and writing blogs. During his free time, Carl enjoys hiking and mountain climbing.

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