Today’s world relies heavily on the use cyberspace to keep us informed, connected and current. The internet is a foundation for a lot of the things we do, and for that reason, it is a highly important aspect of our daily lives. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Its aim is to raise awareness about cybersecurity and protect the nation against cyber attacks. Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties offers five tips to protect your business from cyber breaches that could compromise your livelihood.
1. Employee security training
Every business should have rules and policies on security practices for their employees and provide training. Requiring the use of unique passwords, adherence to Internet use guidelines and protocols for protecting customer personal information are all a must.
2. Firewall security
A firewall blocks unwanted malware from entering your computer systems and servers. Your firewall software should always be kept up to date. This software can be downloaded for free. If your employees work offsite make sure they, too, have protection from cyber attacks.
3. Keep your data backed up
You’ve worked really hard on all of your word processing documents, spreadsheets, mail lists, financial files, etc., and you wouldn’t want to lose this data for lack of backing it up. Backing up data on a regular, consistent basis is critical for your business operations. Either back up your data automatically or periodically using the cloud.
4. Keep tabs of who uses computers and establish user access accounts
Only authorized personnel should have use of your computers. Laptops especially can easily be taken or lost, so keep it in a secured, locked space when not in use. In addition, each employee should have his or her own user account they can access only with a strong password. No other than authorized IT personnel should have administrative privileges for your computers and laptops.
5. Protect your Wi-Fi
If you have Wi-Fi, make sure it is protected, encoded and hidden. So that your Wi-Fi network is not broadcast, set up your wireless access point or router so it does not show the network name, known as the Service Set Identifier (SSID). Access to the router should be password protected.
6. Passwords and authentication
The use and periodic changing out of passwords is always a good idea. For additional protection, some businesses use authentication, which requires information beyond the password in order to access an account.
For more on how to protect your business and other business-related tips, visit bbb.org or if you have any questions, call (858) 496-2131.