High-profile cyber attacks on numerous companies have raised awareness of the growing threat of cyber-crime. Recent surveys conducted by the Small Business Authority suggest that many small business owners are still operating under a false sense of cyber security. The vast majority lacks a formal Internet security policy for employees, and only about half have rudimentary cyber security measures in place. Never equate the small size of your business to the level of safety or security you have. Cyber attacks have the capability to destroy your business, so it is vital to take these simple and economical steps to reduce your risks and costs associated with cyber attacks.
1. Train employees in cyber security principles. Design principles that are appropriate for your business type and size.
2. Install, use and regularly update antivirus and anti-spyware software on every computer used in your business.
3. Use a firewall for your Internet connection.
4. Download and install software updates for your operating systems and applications as they become available.
5. Make backup copies of important business data and information.
6. Control physical access to your computer and network components.
7. Secure your Wi-Fi networks. If you have a Wi-Fi network for your workplace make sure it is secure and hidden.
8. Require individual users accounts for each employee.
9. Limit employee access to data and information, and limit authority to install software.
10. Regularly change passwords.
Taking proper preventative steps can save your business from major security breaches. Start today!
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