Top 5 Security Tips for Small BusinessMarch 9, 2022
The face of the business world has changed over the last two years, but the basic outline for smart security has not. NSBA has recently partnered with experts in the cybersecurity field to provide exclusive NSBA-member discounts and resources. Below, Avast Business security experts outline their best advice to help small businesses keep their infrastructure intact, their systems protected, and their data secure.
1. Implement a security policy framework
This is the critical first step to taking your company’s security seriously. Begin a regime of backups, make sure security updates happen in a timely manner, and utilize multi-factor authentication with your employees. The Federal Trade Commission’s website around Cybersecurity for Small Businesses contains excellent, clear direction for shaping your own company’s security policy framework.
2. Protect your endpoints with antivirus software
Use business-grade antivirus and anti-malware software, and make sure all endpoints are covered – PCs, servers, IoT devices, and so on. If it’s connected to the internet, it’s a potential entry point and needs to be defended.
3. Bring in the experts
Hiring a specialist organization for round-the-clock security monitoring will take a lot of stress off your plate. Cybercriminals are in attack mode all day long. Their algorithms never sleep, so your defenses can’t either. Having a team dedicated to your company’s security also allows you to focus on the other important things.
4. Train your employees
One of the biggest scams threatening small businesses these days is the business email compromise (BEC) attack. This sneaky ruse relies on social engineering to convince an employee to install malware or click a malicious link. Usually, the attacker will pretend to be a supervisor, a fellow employee, or someone else related to the business and will claim to have some rather urgent information in the form of a link or attachment. Advanced security tech will only take you so far – you must train your employees how to recognize BEC scams and other common ploys used by attackers.
5. Join a risk information circle
Being part of a local risk information circle is an excellent way to stay informed about what’s going on in your sector. It gives you access to the latest security risk intelligence and allows you to prepare defenses for different types of cyberattacks. Less things will catch you off guard if you stay in tune with others in your community.
Technology and security can be very overwhelming, but the issue isn’t going away – act now to put these security procedures into practice. The key here is not to pick just one of these, but to apply all of them in some form or another. Cybersecurity is important for protecting our homes and personal accounts, but it is absolutely critical for protecting our businesses.
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