While most hackers want the opportunity to crack a high-risk target, these situations are few and far between. Instead, they turn their attention toward much lower-hanging fruit. This is where small businesses come in. Small businesses still have access to money and data but have much lower defense than a governmental entity. Luckily, many average cybersecurity strategies can keep the would-be hackers away. Their methods are always changing, though, and it helps to be one step ahead of the game.
These are the best current cybersecurity strategies you can put into place:
Cloud security is the protection of data online via cloud computing platforms. As more businesses switch from hard-drive data storage to remote databases, this practice is becoming commonplace. Methods of providing cloud security include firewalls, penetration testing, and virtual private networks (VPN). While many people feel their data and information are safe on a hard drive on their network, data stored in the cloud is more secure, if you use a tested and appropriate defense strategy. Be wary: not all cloud securities are the same. When choosing the correct cloud security, consider the following:
- What are your security goals?
- Do you have compliance needs?
- What type of cloud architecture will fit best with your company?
- Who will manage your cloud security? Someone in-house, or a third party?
- Which service needs do you require within your cloud security contract?
- What type of support do you want?
- What is your budget?
Network security is the protection of the underlying networking infrastructure from unauthorized access, misuse, or theft. An in-house or third-party network administrator will put these security measures into place to keep your devices and data secure. Creating a strong WiFi password continues to be the best form of network security. Consider using a two-step verification process to further protect your passwords.
VPNs & Firewalls
A VPN can help protect your security by masking your IP address. This means you’ll be connected through a different server, making it much harder for websites to pinpoint your location. It also encrypts all network data by creating a secure tunnel. A firewall is simply a shield that protects your computer from the Internet. Firewalls can help restrict access to sites that could be damaging to your network. Both of these tools can be highly effective when used properly, but they do not protect against all threats.
Cybersecurity Updates & Upgrades
While it may seem simple, consistently updating and upgrading your technology tools can keep you much more secure. The developers of these tools are constantly looking for new threats that pose a risk to their program. They’ll issue patches to make sure any holes are filled. You just need to make sure all of your tools are updated promptly and verify that the updates are installed.
Multiple backups of your company’s data are a crucial part of business security. A power surge or natural disaster can be just as much of a security threat as a cyberattack. You can prevent this issue by regularly backing up your data.
It’s important to limit employee access to systems and data owned by your company. Not everyone needs to have access. Cybersecurity training should become a regular expectation for all employees. Phishing schemes and weak passwords create just as many issues as hackers do. Finally, you should make sure everyone in your workplace is security-conscious. A single breach could critically hurt your business. Your employees must understand this so they can be proactive as well.
No matter which route you take, the most important thing you can do for your small business is to protect your digital data. The Anderson ZurMuehlen Technology Team is here to assist you with any questions, concerns, or training needs you have. Contact us today!