The Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) all have great tips for how you can protect your small business
Train Your Employees: Train employees in security principles. Establish basic company-wide security practices and policies.
Install Up-to-Date Software: Use up-to-date security software, browsers and operating systems. Set antivirus software to run a scan after each update. Install key software updates immediately.
Use Firewalls: Enable your operating system’s firewall. Make sure that employees working from home are protected by a firewall.
Secure Mobile Devices: Make sure all users password-protect their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps. Set up reporting procedures for lost or stolen equipment.
Backup Regularly: Make regular backup copies of important business information, either automatically or at least weekly. Store backup copies offsite or in the cloud.
Control Physical Access: Lockup unattended laptops. Create separate accounts for each employee. Limit administrative privileges to trusted staff and key personnel.
Secure Wi-Fi Networks: Make sure Wi-Fi networks are secure, encrypted, and hidden. Password-protect access to the router.
Protect Payments: Use the most trusted tools and anti-fraud services. Isolate payment systems from other programs. Don’t use the same computer to process payments and surf the Internet.
Limit Access to Information: Limit access to data and information. Limit authority to install software. Only give employees access to specific systems they need for their jobs.
Use Secure Passwords: Use unique passwords and change them every three months. Consider multi-factor authentication. Check out how your vendors handle your company’s sensitive data.
- Federal Communication Commission (FCC) – Cybersecurity Hub has more information, including links to free and low-cost security tools.
- FCC’s free small business cyber security planning guide
- Dept.Homeland Security’s ‘Stop.Think.Connect’ campaign
- SBA’s free online cybersecurity course.