The Top 5 Cyber-Security Defenses for Small Businesses

Small businesses which lack the proper cybersecurity defenses will inevitably run into problems at one point or another. Thankfully, by employing the following safeguards, small businesses can save themselves from damaging amounts of professional and financial strife.

Protective Software

The installation of protective software is one of the best cybersecurity defenses for small businesses. Due to the nature of a small business, these enterprises are frequently targeted via means of viruses, malware, spyware, phishing, and ransomware. Setting up protective software can halt these attacks before their inception, especially against viruses and malicious spyware.

Firewalls are another form of defense which small businesses should employ. This type of protective software creates a barrier between your computer and computers which are outside of your network. In a nutshell, firewalls prevent other PCs from latching onto, surveilling, and stealing your data.

Backed Up Data

Similarly to protective software, backing up all information and data is one of the best ways for small businesses to protect themselves against cyberattacks. There are countless horror stories of online offenders seizing an enterprise’s critical information and demanding large payouts. Small businesses which do not back up their data will face great danger if their information is ever stolen.

The effects of stolen data are cataclysmic. They not only adversely impact the small business, but also any partners or customers who may be working with them. Thankfully, there are many ways for small businesses to shield their data. Local data backups (computer drives, backup software programs) and cloud storage are viable options. However, the cloud can be hacked and/or sabotaged by disgruntled employees. Some enterprises take it upon themselves to back up information in multiple locations. Regardless, small businesses must always have their data in more than one location. This is cybersecurity 101.

Payment Management

Believe it or not, credit card numbers and information are some of the primary targets of hackers and other cybercriminals. Therefore, small businesses must take all possible precautions to ensure their safety and the protection of any partners or clients who may be working with them. This can be done by working with your card processors and banks; these institutions have the ability to confirm that small businesses use the most elite anti-fraud tools.

In addition to the aforementioned tools, small businesses should furthermore separate their payment systems from programs which lack equal amounts of protection. A great way to do this is by not managing payments and browsing Facebook on the same computer. Ensuring the existence of airtight cybersecurity as it pertains to business payments is paramount.

Smartphone Strategies

Believe it or not, smartphones can pose serious threats to cybersecurity, especially if they have access to important networks and/or store sensitive, business data. For this reason, small businesses are strongly advised to mandate their employees to encrypt critical data and install security apps onto their smartphones.

Smartphones are particularly vulnerable pieces of technology. Aside from being relatively easy to steal, smartphones can be misplaced; these devices are also especially susceptible to breaches if their users regularly use public Wi-Fi. Therefore, small businesses must ensure that their employees take the proper precautions, especially if their phones contain access to sensitive data.

Human Talent

There are certain small businesses which lack the technical familiarity to set up protective software, effectively back up data, and partake in other strategic cybersecurity defenses. In the event of this situation, small businesses would greatly benefit from hiring human cybersecurity talent. Unfortunately, there are many enterprises which wait until the damage is already done before they hire technical experts. Preventive maintenance is always better than damage control.

As small businesses embrace the many upsides of technology, having the right security measures in place is more imperative than ever. Installing protective software, backing up sensitive data, and managing methods of payment will certainly pay off, as will protecting information on employee’s smartphones and contracting the services of human cybersecurity talent.

 

If you require further assistance with taking the proper cybersecurity measures for your small business, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact AdvancePC Tech by calling 732-702-5332.

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