Compared to larger organizations, small businesses typically have limited resources and manpower to manage network security. As a result, small businesses become an easy target for criminals looking to access sensitive data. Luckily, there are a few steps business owners can take to protect against cyber attacks.
Assess security risk.
The first question any business should ask is what information it should protect. Many cyber criminals will access minimally protected small businesses in order to access and attack larger firms with which they have a relationship. If cyber criminals are able to successfully use this bridge, larger businesses may be hesitant to enter into relationships with a smaller, unprotected firm.
Create a cybersecurity plan.
The FCC offers a Small Biz Cyber Planner for businesses lacking the resources to hire personnel to guard against threats. The Planner walks users through a series of questions to help determine which cybersecurity strategy would be optimal. The Planner then generates a customized PDF for each user, a cybersecurity strategy template tailored to specific needs.
Regardless of business size, managers should establish policies for handling and protecting personally identifiable information electronically. Often, it’s innocent employee behavior that causes problems. Managers need to continuously educate employees on how to protect highly sensitive information, and there should be penalties applied to violations of company policy. Prevention is key.
Back up business data.
Managers should regularly back up the data on computers. Documents, spreadsheets, databases, financial files, and human resource documents are all eligible for backup. Ideally, businesses should automate this process and monitor to ensure this happens when scheduled.
Nextrio is a privately-held technology solutions provider headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. Since 2002, we have provided IT services to businesses in Tucson. For more information about protecting your business from cyber-attacks, call (520) 519-6301.