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IT Security Tips for Small Businesses

By Nextrio on November 12th, 2013 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Do you think your small business is protected from security threats and viruses? Think again. According to a 2013 report by Symantec, cyber-espionage attacks against small businesses have tripled since 2011.

What can your organization do to keep its data and systems secure from threats? Follow these IT security tips to protect your small business:

Keep Passwords Secure

Your organization increases its risk of a breach or threat when employees use simple passwords or re-use the same passwords across programs, users, and devices. Changing your passwords monthly or quarterly can help to keep your business systems and information safe. 

Implement an IT Policy

Make password update standards, safe internet usage, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) rules, and backup protocols a part of a formal IT policy. We recommend including this information in your general human resources guidelines and confirming annually or biannually that all employees are on board. 

Provide User Training

You can also train members of your organization in best practices for identifying a threat and who to notify if they believe their security has been compromised. Contact your local IT experts to set up user training for safe internet usage, password security, and more. 

Update Across All Devices and Programs

From e-commerce platforms, to CRMs or content management software, different vendors will issue security updates and patches throughout the year. Maintain general security updates on all your software programs and across any computer, tablet, or phone that your organization uses for business purposes. Desktop virtualization is a solution that can help your IT personnel to remotely update multiple devices with the latest software and patches. 

To learn more about maintaining IT security with desktop virtualization, or the benefits of user training sessions, call Nextrio at (520) 519-6301. We specialize in assisting Tucson and Southern Arizona businesses with all of their IT needs.