You might not think that your small business has something to entice the likes of a hacker but the truth is, all businesses have an abundance of personal data and employee information that is extremely valuable to cyber criminals.
There are a billion and one preventative measures that you can implement to tighten security within your organisation but if you dont have the fundamentals implemented the chances of your network remaining secure are slim.
Below are some top tips with your businesses security in mind. It's worth noting at this point, prevention is better than cure.
Consider Managed IT Services
You can be sure your organisation doesnt have the same resources available to it as the IT departments in the larger technology companies in the world, so how can you be expected to keep up with the same threats and risks that these companies deal with? Simple, outsource your IT.
Managed IT services are a great solution because they give you access to a dedicated team that is ready to tackle whatever issue you're facing. By doing this, you also avoid the hefty overhead that comes attached with employing a skilled inhouse IT professional.
If you’re a small business, you also need to identify how to optimize your web security game if you want to survive an attack, whether it’s an intrusion, ransomware, or a simple DDoS attack.
A Managed Service Provider (MSP) can give you access to significant selections like round-the-clock monitoring of your system’s security, help desk support, new equipment configuration and installation, backups, and the like, for less than a full-time IT tech’s salary.
Just figure out what services you need with the help of an MSP, and they take care of the rest.
Patch Your Vulnerabilities
The Equifax breach was one of the biggest tech stories of 2018, and for good reason. 143 million people’s personal information was leaked and the company kept quiet about it for six weeks. Not one of their finer thoughts! The bonkers thing about the story is that it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for some massive oversights with regards to the company updating their software.
Yes we know how painful Windows updates are, believe us! However, while it’s easy to postpone a software update because it always seems to appear at an inconvenient time and it’s easy to kick the can down the road, the truth is that you’re only getting prompted to update because an exploit is publicly available and can no longer be ignored. Patch up your vulnerabilities as soon as you can. Attackers are banking on people and companies being slow to adapt.
Address Best Practices Training for Your Employees
Regardless of what kind of protection you have in place, you must put your employees in a position to succeed, and that means bringing them to your level about security within your business.
Training should include the basics. The importance of complex passwords, how to spot a suspicious link or attachment, you get the drift.
Be certain that everyone is clear on your policies and procedures. An irritated ex-employee with an active account can be catastrophic for business, so ensure a clear plan is in place for what happens when you need to make changes to your team.
Physically Secure Your Network
Concentrating on web tools and monitoring is critical, but it’s also equally important to remember there are physical concerns securing your network too.
It's easy to think of attackers as random people from the internet looking to make a quick £, in truth, overcoming all of your security measures may be as easy as walking over to your router and pressing the reset button.
Ensure that your key pieces of in-office infrastructure are secure, no default logins or passwords, and that you’re monitoring them with video or other physical security options to ensure all of your bases covered.
Double Down on Firewalls
Most modern routers have an inbuilt firewall that can protect your internal network against outside attacks, you should know that these features are likely disabled by default. You can find them usually called SPI
Usually these settings are called SPI (stateful packet inspection) or NAT (network address translation). Either way, enable these on your router.
It’s also key to ensure that your own software isn’t sending information out over the network or the internet without your permission. For that, you’ll want to install a firewall software on your PC but the default operating system firewalls are a great place to start.
Cybersecurity is still an increasing concern for businesses and this goes beyond basic IT because ultimately, you need your customers to trust you if you want to thrive, you have to demonstarte their data is in safe hands.
If you're looking to secure your infrastsructure but not sure where to start, contact us now!