Cyber Security in Small Business
Can You Define what Cyber Security In Small Business Means? I’m not sure I can. After spending a couple of days working on a project I began to realize Cyber Security in Small Business can take on more than one meaning. [by the way, is it “Cyber Security” or “cybersecurity?”]
According to Tech Target’s Whatis.com
Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In a computing context, security includes both cybersecurity and physical security.
That’s a broad area of knowledge to have to address. What is interesting is most people would think it has to do only with the internet. As you can see the topic doesn’t just cover the internet. It’s all about protecting a businesses computing assets; computer, network, programs and data. You have to throw in people as well, they need to be a key factor in how you protect those assets. Overall, it should be clear we’re not just talking about viruses and malware. We’re talking about protecting everything associated with using our modern computing environment.
What does that mean for the small business owner? The following is not an exhaustive list, but here are some area you need to be diligent in addressing:
Computing Hardware (laptops, desktops, tablets)
- Make sure you’ve installed the latest anti-virus and malware protection
- Make sure you’re running the latest versions of the operating system
- Make sure you’re using some form of authentication to access the device
- Don’t share passwords
- Don’t share you email account
- Take care in responding to requests for information from people you don’t know
- Neither Microsoft, PayPal or any of the other major providers will ask you to validate your account via email. Verify the sender before clicking on anything.
- Just because the name on the sender is someone you know doesn’t mean it’s that person. Verify the email address before responding
Using Internet Services
- Be careful when access sites not using SSL (https) they are unsecure and any conversation you have with that site can be easily read. There is also no guarantee they are legitimate
- Be careful what you communicate over public wi-fi. They are unsecure
- Services such as G Suite and Office 365 offer an additional layer of security
- Use VPN services where ever possible to decrease vulnerability
- Use Multi Factor authentication to protect your identity
The above in no way will insure you’ll not get attacked, but it does offer additional layers of protection and go a long way to minimizing risk.
Addressing Cyber Security in Small Business can be a daunting task. Reach out to us to learn how we can help you figure it out.