Most small business owners are not experts on cybersecurity. So, many have to learn how to protect their most important information and communication as they go. The good news for small organizations is that their needs are less complex. The not so good news is that they likely don’t have the resources of major enterprises. Nonetheless, following these five tips can help significantly.
1) Use Strong Password Rules
Gaining a user’s login credentials is one of the most common ways that people get unauthorized access to a system. One method of decrypting a password is to try numerous possible passwords based on information known about the user. For example, children’s names, birthdays and hometowns may all help inform a hacker of what a possible password may be.
Longer passwords are stronger. Additionally, passwords should not be shared between different systems. Implementing strong password rules can help to keep your business safe from unwanted access. Increasingly, experts suggest making memorable but strong passwords by combining four or more random words.
2) Manage Access
Often, the key to accessing a system is to find the weak link. For many small businesses, that maybe the person who has his or her password written in his or her hint, for example. While that is a problem that would need to be addressed separately, a related problem can also arise: unnecessary access. If that person has weak credentials and access to every system the company operates, there’s going to be trouble.
You can mitigate problems by managing who has access to what. Setting good access rules and policies will ensure that your information is well protected. It can contain any unauthorized access to as few of your systems and as little information as possible
3) Use Cloud Resources
Small businesses often cannot afford the IT resources of larger organizations. However, that doesn’t need to be a problem. With modern cloud solutions, even individuals can operate relatively advanced digital systems. However, these are often public cloud platforms. So, your security is managed both by you and by your provider.
Turn to public cloud security solutions to help you ensure that your cloud-based infrastructure is secure. With the right setup, you can easily compete with even the largest organizations in terms of tech just on a smaller scale. The cloud can be the ultimate tool for small businesses like yours.
4) Test Security
Penetration testing is a common practice for larger firms’ IT infrastructure. It is something that every business should practice. In short, this term refers to trying to gain access to your own systems in the same way a hacker would. It is a way to test your own security to ensure that you are not vulnerable and to fix any issues you may discover.
You can hire an outside consultant to help with this process. There are also a number of security testing techniques that anyone can apply. It can be helpful to have outside, expert help. However, keeping these testing techniques in mind can help you plan better security practices.
5) Train People
The most common vulnerability is any system is the people who use it. In many cases, it is far easier to trick a person than it is to break into a computer system. Furthermore, many small, day-to-day errors can allow someone to gain access to your IT systems. The previously mentioned example of using a password hint that includes the actual password is one way that people can make mistakes.
Train your team to know how to handle your business’ data. Not every error is as obvious and keeping your password written down publicly. Data should be saved in appropriate places. For example, customer payment information shouldn’t be kept in a Word document on someone’s desktop. Training to avoid these types of errors is essential.
Applying these basic cybersecurity tips can help to keep your business safe. Don’t wait to use them.
Publish Date: December 6, 2019 10:38 PM