Your small business is always vulnerable to cybercrime, and it’s your responsibility to stay protected. With that in mind, here are just four cybersecurity actions you should take without delay.
- Prevent Ransomware
We’ve seen a marked rise in ransomware attacks during the last year or so. Essentially, ransomware software infiltrates your network, encrypts your data, and finally demands you pay a certain price to unlock the system. It was a ransomware attack that crippled hospitals throughout the UK in 2017.
As scary as ransomware is for businesses of any size, you can address the issue by upgrading security. Talk to your IT support provider about ransomware prevention to make sure you’re covered.
- Upgrade Your Passwords
Most small businesses don’t feel the need for putting password policies in place; unfortunately, this is something plenty of cybercriminals are aware of. When password security is compromised by using the same one over multiple websites or using passwords that are easy to crack or hack, your business becomes that much more vulnerable to an attack.
It’s time to:
- Enforce passwords with a minimum of 10 digits that use a combination of numbers, letters, and characters.
- Start having employees change passwords every three months.
- Install a password manager to help optimize password security.
- Migrate to the Cloud
There are a whole host of benefits that come with migrating to the cloud. You’ll save money by removing the need for on-site servers, and you’ll be able to access your data or work with your team from anywhere in the world.
The cloud also offers exceptional security. You’re essentially outsourcing your data protection to a cloud provider, and those providers will be able to deliver levels of protection that small or even medium businesses would never have been able to provide for themselves.
- Secure Your Mobile Devices
Most small businesses allow their employees to access the company Wi-Fi network with their smartphones and tablets. That’s fine, but it does mean you need to invest a little in mobile security. Remember, those devices may hold sensitive information, and it’s even possible they may contain unsuspected malware. Look to an IT support provider for mobility device management and data encryption services.