Small Business Security: Ways to Safeguard & Still Save
It can be easy to forget that many data breaches are caused by common mistakes in the workplace. With a trend of malicious online incidents on the news small mistakes like forgetting to back up data, no significant structure for security protocols, using unsecured trash/recycle bins and not having proper document management.
For a small business with a limited budget this should be a large concern. Although the public only hears of higher profile data breaches, small businesses make prime targets due to their lack of resources. Small businesses on average have the least protected websites, accounts and network systems.
Here are a few tips and steps to help improve your small business security that won’t break the bank.
- Create Strong Passwords: Create a password that strongly combines alphanumeric and case sensitive lettering, with the use of symbols. If you need help with developing a strong password, use Random.org. Random.org is a strong password generator, which can be used to give you examples of strong passwords to help you create your own.
- Learn to stay safe: As a small business owner, you may not always know how to start a proper security protocol. StaySafeOnline.org, powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), provides tools and resources to help small business owners. Small business owners can learn to protect their business, employees and customers. As a small business owner, you will learn how to assess the risks, monitor threats and how to implement a security plan.
- Train Employees: Security starts from the inside. Employees need the proper training to learn how to avoid data breaches. Social-engineer.com is a secure site that helps organizations identify risk areas and how malicious attackers exploit these vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access. The site also provides training exercises for employees that simulate real-life events and mimic attacks. The programs are customizable.
- Document Security: For some small businesses this is the age of the internet and cybersecurity threats are high profile. But don’t forget about document security. Commonly overlooked data breaches are caused by mistakes in properly managed paper documents. A business should provide lockable security bins/cabinets/consoles for confidential documents. Policies for proper and secure storage and disposal of confidential documents should be implemented.
Small business can take advantage of using a secure document destruction service that is certified through the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID .
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