Owning a small business provides many perks, but unfortunately there is one major pitfall when it comes to being a small business owner and that is being vulnerable to a cyber attack. Small businesses can be easy targets for cyber attacks as many small businesses simply don’t have the resources and money to put into a huge IT team to ensure that all of their important business and client information and documents is secure.
With a little training and education though, you can make yourself and your business less vulnerable to a cyber attack. Here are a few ways to improve the cyber security for your small business.
Backup Everything Important
Backing up important information is essential to make sure that cyber security can be improved immensely in your small business operations. Small businesses can easily overlook the simple act of backing up important data due to the fact that there are few employees, and day to day operations can keep small business owners preoccupied with other matters.
It is not only important to get into the habit of backing up data at the end of each business day but to also consider backup off-site. If your business had a fire or other type of natural disaster and everything was only backed up at the business location, you would set yourself up to lose all of that important information dealing with your business, clients, and financial records.
Train Your Employees With Security Measures
It may be a bit of a hassle, but you want to spend a little time with your employees to talk about cyber security and how to improve it so at least all of them have a better understanding of the security measures that your business takes and why those measures need to be taken.
Make sure that employees change their passwords with any work related emails on a consistent basis and limit the employees that have access to important and sensitive business information.
Install A Firewall
One of the security basics to any small business (or personal computer for that matter) is installing a firewall. There are many things we should all know about firewalls but the very basic idea of having one is that it will monitor and block information and users and acts as a cyber security guard to your digital business information.
Being a small business owner unfortunately means that having access to an IT department may not be in the cards. Hiring an outside company to help your business with server security access and control would be ideal, but taking these proper measures with cyber security by installing a firewall, backing up data and training employees on cyber security will also make your small business a little safer.