Make Your Business Cyber Secure
The internet is a powerful business tool. While it’s an amazing way to market and grow your business, internet access can also be a liability if not managed properly. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to protect your enterprise – from making sure your staff is cyber wise to using a firewall and antivirus software. Here are just a few things to keep in mind when it comes to cyber security and safety for your business:
Your employees can be your first line of defense when it comes to cyber safety. Establish guidelines for using strong passwords, changing passwords frequently, appropriate internet use, and protecting customer data.
Use a Firewall
A firewall program can prevent outsiders from accessing information on your private network. Reputable and effective free software is available online. If you have employees who work from home, make sure they are using firewall software there as well.
Stay Current on Software Updates
Software creators spend lots of time and money keeping their programs safe for users. Take advantage of this by keeping up with software updates.
Install Antivirus Software
Having security software and using it can protect you from computer viruses, malware, and more. In addition to regularly scheduled scans, don’t forget to run antivirus software any time you download an update to your operating system or other software.
Have a Backup System
Regularly back up all data – word processing documents, spreadsheets, financial and human resources files, and accounting. Backup files should be kept off your business premises, either in another physical location or the cloud.
Secure Your Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi should be secure, encrypted, and hidden, and access to your router should be password protected.
Limit Employee Access
Only give employees access to what’s necessary for them to carry out their duties, and don’t allow workers to install software without permission.
Be Bank Smart
Check that your bank is using reputable tools and anti-fraud systems. When it comes to managing finances at the office, have a dedicated computer – where you don’t surf the internet – for processing payments and other sensitive tasks.
Don’t Forget Mobile Devices
Employee phones and laptops should be password protected, with security apps installed and data encrypted. Also make sure users know how to act quickly if a device is compromised or stolen.