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A Look at Cyber Security Issues for Small Businesses

By Nextrio on July 10th, 2014 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Criminals often target small businesses because they have fewer resources available to identify and combat cyber threats. Also, many businesses falsely believe they are immune to cyber-attacks because they are “too small” to be worthwhile targets. With the help of an experienced IT company, you can assess your cyber security vulnerabilities and implement the following strategies.

Password Strength

Everyone knows they should have strong passwords, but how exactly can you make a password hard to hack? Never use common words or words with personal meaning that can be easily guessed, such as your dog’s name or your high school mascot. Your password should be at least 12 characters long—random characters are ideal—and contain upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts; if one account’s security is compromised, all of your accounts become vulnerable.

Employee Education

All of your employees should stay up-to-date on issues related to cyber security, and a written security policy is recommended. Are your employees allowed to store personal documents on their work computers? Conversely, is it permitted for company information to be stored on workers’ personal devices? If a device is lost or stolen, criminals may use its data to infiltrate your network. Stress the importance of cyber security with your employees and make sure a clear policy is in place.

Data Encryption

You should have an extra layer of security in place so that if cyber criminals do access your system, they may still be unable to access your data. Encryption tools will convert your data into unreadable code that can’t be easily deciphered by unauthorized parties. With cloud computing, any data stored on the cloud is also kept secure with encryption. If your business sells products or collects sensitive information through the Web, your online transactions should be encrypted to protect against cyber criminals.

The IT experts at Nextrio can advise your small business on the security tools it needs. We can also train your employees to be savvy, productive technology users. For more information about our managed IT services in Tucson, give us a call at (520) 519-6301 or explore our website.