We offer up these Small Business IT Security Tips for any businesses that may have support but have been neglected. These should be questions you can put to your support company and measure there response. After that simply call us for a plan of action.
If your business does not have any IT policies or has simply not considered how exposed your key systems and data may be, now is the time to review, implement and safeguard your business.
If financial records, social media accounts, website, business or customer data fall victim to hackers and the online cyber thieves, this can have repercussions including affecting your reputation, daily business and may seriously impact your future. The EU is considering a Data protection policy that will seriously fine businesses that do not safeguard data. In teh last few years some serious data breaches have highlighted the serious neglect some businesses have when it comes to the data they manage.
Digital and data information theft is now the most commonly reported type of business fraud. Business owners not taking precautions to protect business data should be concerned about exposing sensitive business information to intruders that can threaten the future of the business.
Here’s our top 8 tips to keep your business safe.
1. Schedule and record the backup of key systems and data:
Make the backup of business data a part of your business plan. Backup data automatically if possible, store copies offsite or in the User accounts for staff:
Provide each employee with their own separate account. Provide only trusted staff and key personnel with administration privileges. Laptops can be lost or stolen so ensure that employees lock these up when not in use.
2. Secure all Wi-Fi networks:
Make sure Wi-Fi networks for workplace and offices are secure, encrypted and hidden. Ensure that the router is password protected.
3. Strong Passwords:
Require employees to use strong passwords and change them every 45-60 days. Implement a 2 way or even multi- factor authentication which requires additional information beyond just a simple password to gain access.
4. Keep up to date with the latest security software and patches:
Have the latest security software, web browsers and operating systems on computers. Install key software updates as soon as they become available and set antivirus to run a scan after each update and run full system scans on a regular basis. This is a relatively straight forward step and is a strong defence against malware, viruses and any other online threats that are constantly changing.
5. All employees should be trained in security basics:
Establish rules and strict policies. Clearly inform employees of how to handle and protect client information and other private data. Establish basic security practices and policies for employees, such as strong passwords and establish the appropriate Internet guidelines.
6. Limit Employee accessibility:
No employee should have access to all data systems. Do not allow employees to install software without permissions.
7. Mobile device security:
With the growth of mobile devices including IPad and Android devices, always try to ensure these are secure from the get go. Ensure users are required to password protect their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps to prevent theft of information whilst the phone is on a public network. Set up clear policy guidelines for the reporting of lost or stolen equipment.
8. Firewalls should be enabled for all employees, no matter their location:
Enable operating systems firewall and make sure that employees, who work from home, ensure their home systems are protected by a firewall as well.
Please Call 01444 871200 for a confidential discussion and review of your systems.