Combining cyber and physical measures is a powerful approach to small business security. Small businesses looking to protect people and property better should make sure these steps are included in their security plans.
1. Update the firewalls.
Firewalls are imperative to cybersecurity, but just having them is only the first step. Every small business should update its firewalls to protect the its devices against devastating viruses and malware. If there is an in-house IT department, make sure it is staffed with knowledgeable professionals who are aware of current industry protocol. If technology is outsourced, it should only be managed by a vendor with the infrastructure to keep your firewalls updated.
2. Update the passwords.
Updating passwords is perhaps the easiest cybersecurity measure a small business can implement. A good rule of thumb is to update passwords on a quarterly basis, although some organizations may take an even more aggressive approach by updating passwords monthly. Another excellent policy to adopt is to lengthen the minimum number of characters in company passwords; some businesses mandate up to 12 characters, with a combination of letters, numbers and special characters required. This should be the case for all devices used to access company data, including employee devices that access company email and other resources.
3. Enforce mobile device policies.
Speaking of employee devices, there should be policies in place that dictate the handling for company services on these devices. Employees now accept that they are expected to have 24/7 access to their work tools for replying to clients, discussing matters after work hours, or working remotely on occasion. It’s an important part of what we now call the mobile workforce; however, this new economy requires small businesses to enforce policies for engaging in business on personal devices. If it hasn’t yet been done, have IT staff write and enforce mobile security policies for employees. Company security may depend on it.
4. Improve backups and storage.
Data backups are critical to fending off cybersecurity breaches. Examples of sensitive data that small businesses have access to include the financial information of customers, proprietary information on products and methods, and confidential employee information in human resources files. All of this information can be better protected with routine data backups, as well as offsite cloud storage.
5. Lock onsite devices afterhours.
Locking onsite devices, including desktop computers, is a small business cybersecurity measure that is equally critical to physical security. When any employee’s work shift is over, their computers should remain locked until their next shift begins, using their lengthy, secure network password. Small business owners may worry this will prohibit employees from accessing their devices remotely; however, steps can be taken to ensure staff can unlock their devices remotely as well. When employees lock their devices at the end of a shift, this protects the business from breaches that could take place when anyone with malicious intentions is onsite.
These are important steps businesses can take to protect the cyber aspect of small business security. Texas businesses interested in physical methods of security can contact RC Security Consulting to request a complimentary electronic security consultation.
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