Would you run into the shops leaving your car unlocked? Or go to sleep without locking the house up at night?
Of course not! This opens you up to the risk of shady characters in the night looking to make a quick buck.
Think of cybersecurity as locking up your business from these shadows lurking in the darkness. Cybercrime is already pretty devastating for small businesses. Last year, California alone reported almost $250 million in damages from cybercrime activities.
Not exactly a position you want to put your business in, right? The good news is that there are ways to safeguard your business from these unnecessary risks. Even better, through this article, we will be going through some of the best practices when it comes to white hat protection from cybercriminals.
Educate Both Yourself & Your Employees
Regardless of whether you operate a small business, medium enterprise or goliath organisation. At the end of the day, your employees make or break your business. They are responsible for talking to customers, dealing with customers personal information, and working on business management software that has a host of goldmine information for those looking in the right places.
Cybercriminals are no petty thieves waiting for the perfect opportunity. They are cunning, with broad skillsets, and the ability to create their own opportunities.
Which is why it is incredibly important to make sure that your employees know exactly what various cybercriminal activity warning signs look like. Whether it be through their personal emails, business accounts or other methods.
One of the best ways to do this is to take the time to create real-life scenarios of various well-known cybercriminals. Such as devious phishing emails, and test the employee’s ability to identify whether or not the email is suspicious.
Here is a full guide going into more detail on how exactly to keep your employees up to date when it comes to cybersecurity.
What Are Your Data Backup Policies?
Now that you know your employees have a handle on your Achilles heel. It’s time to turn your attention to the files themselves.
The first thing to do is take a moment to understand how to prioritize the data that you have in your possession. For example, personal files such as credit card information, housing details, or anything along those lines should always be a big priority when it comes to data backup and recovery protocols.
Of course, trade secrets and critical business documents are closely followed in order of priority.
The next step is determining your back up policy. We need to break this down a bit more to make it as clear as possible.
First: Where Will You Be Storing Your Data?
It’s easy enough to say, “Well, backing up data is simple. Every now and then just jump on your hard drive, copy everything over and you are sorted.”
The problem is when it comes to medium and large enterprises we could be talking about terabytes of personal information. Which is also known as a golden nest for cybercriminals.
It’s time to figure out where all of this data is going.
Typically, it’s recommended to store back-ups in more than one location. Typically, you want to have a physical location that is off premises, such as servers in another brick and mortar location which regularly gets backed up. Then, in addition to this, it’s also a good idea to consider investing into something such as cloud computing backup technology.
That way even if a physical disaster happens in your community, your business will not be crippled and forced to shut down. Which happened to over 40% of businesses on average in every single hurricane that has ravaged through America since 1995.
Next Up – What Are Your Recovery Options
Life is full of unexpected surprises. It could be a server malfunction. Perhaps some data was lost in redundancy. But there is always a chance that one or two files go missing in the data backup process.
Which doesn’t sound like a big deal, right?
Well, what if the files happened to contain pertinent information on your two biggest clients? That would be a really hard knock to the business.
But you don’t have to worry about it. At least, not if you invest into an encrypted data recovery device. These devices help you manage, coordinate, and protect your data on a daily basis. Here is a brief guide on the in’s and out’s of data backup and recovery appliances.
Your Business Router Is Another Point Of Weakness
Almost every company relies on a wireless router to get work done. From internal networking to online connections – it’s pretty much the bread and butter to daily operations. And cybercriminals have figured out how to follow the crumbs to get right into your network, and have a free roam of your network.
Which means the ability to access any of your files, and even take some for ransom.
To ensure that this is not something you need to deal with, you should always employ the strongest encryption standards your router is capable of.
Another good business practice is to turn off the SSID broadcasting setting on the router. Turning this function off will help you hide your networks from potential fast-fingers looking to cause you endless troubles.