You protect your property, you protect your family, you protect your lawn; but do you protect your online databases? With cyber breaches making headlines all over the world, cybersecurity has certainly become a top priority for the big boys. But, as explained in our previous blog-post, the size of your company does not matter when it comes to cyber-attacks; and the repercussions are just as costly. 

So here’s 10 inexpensive ways you can stay ahead of the curve and prevent cyber attacks on your company. 

  1. Train your employees in cybersecurity protocols. Inform of the importance of:
    1. using strong personal passwords that do not repeat across accounts
    2. protecting private information by not disclosing it unless necessary, and verifying the source when entering sensitive data in websites or emails
    3. checking before opening suspicious emails – one indicator of legitimate websites is if the URL begins with https://
    4. scanning USB flash drives and other external devices for malware and viruses before using them.
  2. Install, use, and frequently update antivirus and antispyware software on all company computers
  3. Use a firewall for your internet connection 
  4. Secure your Wi-Fi networks with strong passwords (and change them often). Hackers have been known to create duplicate unsecured wi-fi hotspots to gain access to absolutely everything viewed or heard through computers or mobile devices. 
  5. Backup your business data and information regularly
  6. Control who can physically access your computers and software
  7. Have individual user accounts for an employee (and disable them promptly if/when they leave)
  8. Limit employee access to sensitive data and retain sole authority to install software
  9. Monitor, log and analyze all attempted and successful attacks on systems and networks
  10. Establish a mobile device policy ad keep it updated with current antivirus and software programs
    1. Control unauthorized access to sensitive information, emails and data via mobile phones
    2. Restrict unsafe app downloads from suspect app stores that may contain malware

According to the Department of Homeland Security, about 96% of attacks on companies could have been avoided by following a few of the above rules. It’s simple enough to strengthen your passwords, to double-check before opening any suspicious emails, and to install antivirus software – so simple that many companies overlook these protocols and end up suffering damaging data breaches that result in huge revenue, reputation, and sales losses. To ensure that your small business stays safe by training your staff on cyber attack principles, visit HR Learn for Work today.