Published on February 8th, 2020
All businesses today collect certain types of data, whether it’s company financial records or personal client information. Much of the data is essential to everyday operations, and the loss of customer data could be subject to legal action.
By using some of the latest cybersecurity best practices to protect data, small-scale businesses can prevent their data from becoming lost or stolen by hackers.
1. Ensure Employees Understand Cybersecurity Principles
One of the biggest reasons companies experience stolen data is because employees do not know the latest cybersecurity practices to prevent data breaches. A State of the Industry Report found that 96% of consumers saw employee negligence as a minor contributor to data breaches in US companies.
To prevent email phishing, ransomware, and socially-engineered cyberattacks, executives, owners, and employees must practice cybersecurity awareness and stay updated on the latest changes.
2. User Accounts And Passwords On Company Computers
Hackers who have unauthorized access to a single company computer may gain control over any confidential information or device on the network.
Giving each employee a separate user account and password to login to their own device helps isolate the threat agent to a single device if it should become breached. Only give out administrative privileges to trusted IT technicians or network administrators.
3. Change WiFi Password Periodically
Since the rise of cloud computing, virtually every business’s devices, database, or storage centers are tied to the network.
Essentially, the only thing keeping hackers away from sensitive company information is the WiFi router security pin and firewall features.
If a threat agent happens to hack an employee’s email or computer, they can easily figure out how to get the WiFi password and continuously breach the network.
That’s why you need to periodically change the WiFi password and have an IT manager keep it in his or her records. Don’t share the new password via email or over the network.
4. Encrypt Shared Files And Devices
While each computer or cloud device can share files over the network, the information can be easy to steal if it isn’t protected by an additional barrier. A threat agent may take only 18 minutes on average from the initial point of a breach until the breakout to steal your information.
If you put password encryption on every database, file, or hard drive connected to the network, hackers may not be able to steal any information.
5. Regularly Backup Data On All Computers
While hackers and malicious software may pose the biggest threat to any business data, there are instances where the information may become lost or deleted during updates.
Before your network administrator or IT managers complete any system, database, or device update, make sure they collect a physical record and copy of the information. If any information becomes lost, deleted, or stolen, you won’t have to pay additional fees to retrieve it.
6. Secure The Data On Your WiFi Network
You can keep sensitive client or business information private with any of these tips, but each of them combined give you an impenetrable defense against malicious cyberattacks.
However, one piece of advice which you should never neglect is changing the WiFi password. It bans future access to the network even if a hacker manages to slip in and keeps your employees alert to company cybersecurity policy.