Running a business involves loads of risks in different areas, but cyber security is something that is often overlooked. Relying on technology and the internet – as most of us do – to run our businesses has many benefits, but needs to be done carefully and securely in order to avoid cyber-attacks, hacking, data leaks and other security issues.
Here are a few easy tips on how to best protect your business online.
Invest in Software and Applications
From data management and organisation systems like a CMDB, to antivirus software and two-factor authentication apps, there is a whole lot of software on the market in 2022 that can help you manage and secure your businesses data.
Make sure that you do proper research into what you might need and what the best options will be for your business. Remember that every company has different needs and simply copying what someone else uses may not be helpful.
However, the bottom line is that you cannot and should not try to manage and protect your data without the help of software and other services.
Pay For Your Security
Every small business owner knows that cutting costs wherever possible is an important part of running the business. Understanding the importance of cyber security will highlight why this area is not a place to take risks in order to save a few bucks.
While free antivirus software does exist, these aren’t always as reliable as a service you’d pay for and usually won’t offer the same features. A free antivirus programme is okay for personal use, but as a business, your data protection is of utmost importance and good security is always worth the investment.
Train Your Staff in Security
Make sure that everyone on your team is on your level in their understanding of the importance of cybersecurity. Sure, you might teach new employees how to lock up the office and turn the alarm on and off, but are you providing security training for their devices?
A cybersecurity practice in your business is important. Ensure that your staff understands not to share any passwords or other information, to always sign off when they’re away from their desktops, to keep their devices safe and not lose them, and other security measures.
Always Have Backups
It might be 2022, but backing up your files and data is still a good habit to practice, no matter how prehistoric it might feel.
Whether you choose to use a cloud system and keep all your data stored online, or want to keep it old fashioned and use physical, offline backups, both of these are a great way to add an extra layer of protection and peace of mind, in case something goes wrong.
Use Strong Passwords and Encryption
Don’t underestimate the power of a strong password. People (and businesses) are hacked every single day for various reasons, all because of weak passwords. Use strong passwords, encryption and two-factor authentication wherever possible to keep your data locked up tight with a code that not even your mother could guess.