How secure is your business?
If you’re anything like most small business owners, the first thing that comes to mind is the physical security of your premises. Perhaps you have hired security guards to man the building and installed CCTV cameras and alarm systems.
There’s no doubt that physical security is an important aspect of business security. But there’s also another aspect that needs your attention: the internet and information security. 43 percent of all cyber-attacks target small businesses and most of the attacked businesses go out of business in six months.
So, what are you doing to protect your business’s digital infrastructure? Read on for top cybersecurity tips.
1. Create Information Security Policies
Since IT security is a relatively new concept for most small businesses, it’s likely that your business doesn’t have any solid information security policies. If that’s the case, this is where you should start.
Design policies that control how company data is collected, processed, and stored. Establish whether data will be stored on local hard drives or in the cloud, as well as who will have access to the data.
With such infosec policies, it’s harder for your data and digital systems to be compromised.
2. Train Your Employees on Digital Security
The average employee doesn’t know much about internet security beyond the need to password-protect their devices and accounts. If your employees have poor cybersecurity awareness, your business is at great risk of attacks. Multiple studies have established that employees are the weakest link in cybersecurity.
The most effective way to address this issue is to train your employees on cybersecurity. This will enable them to know the most common types of cyberattacks and how to prevent them. With increased cybersecurity awareness in the workplace, you can count on your employees to make smart security decisions.
3. Upgrade Your IT Infrastructure
Your company’s IT infrastructure includes computers, servers, networks, operating systems, and other kinds of hardware and software. When did you last upgrade your infrastructure?
Several businesses are still using legacy technology. Those 2000’s computers aren’t just holding back your organization’s performance. They’re also exposing it to cyberattacks.
For instance, if you’re using Windows 7 operating system on your office computers, you aren’t getting any security updates because Microsoft no longer supports the OS.
Now you can see why upgrading the various components of your IT infrastructure is a key step in enhancing your business’s security.
4. Work With Security Experts
If your business has security guards, you probably contracted a specialized security firm to provide those services. Use the same approach when planning for IT security.
A company that specializes in offering IT services has the resources and technical know-how to protect your company from hackers. These professionals will perform a thorough audit of your IT systems, find weak points, and implement preventative measures.
Ensure Business Security on Both Physical and Digital Fronts
Gone are the days when burglaries were the only major business security risk you had to worry about. In today’s digital world, you have to embrace digital security as well. That’s how you will ensure all-around company protection.
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