Securing your Small Business Network from Digital Disaster
No one knows the battle for ‘Internet Security’ better than governments do. However, though small and medium size businesses will never have the resources like governments may possess, they have been on the frontlines regarding the protection of digital business operations, including everything from virus protection to avoiding corporate intellectual property theft.
This is why we, at Sunisle Technology Solutions, have chosen to highlight the key principles that every small business should be aware of, as identified by the Federal Communications Commission.
- Train employees in security principles. Establish basic security practices and policies for employees, such as requiring strong passwords and establishing appropriate Internet use guidelines that detail penalties for violating the company’s cybersecurity policies. Establish rules of behavior describing how to handle and protect customer information and other vital data.
- Protect information, computers, and networks from cyber-attacks. Keep clean machines; having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Set antivirus software to run a scan after each update. Install other key software updates as soon as they are available.
- Provide firewall security for your Internet connection. A firewall is a set of related programs that prevent outsiders from accessing data on a private network. Make sure the operating system’s firewall is enabled or install free firewall software available online. If employees work from home, ensure that their home system(s) are protected by a firewall.
- Create a mobile device action plan. Mobile devices are a leading source of ‘data leak’ and are a significant security and management challenge, especially if they hold confidential information or can access the corporate network. Require users to password protect their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps to prevent criminals from stealing information while the device is connected to public networks. Be sure to set reporting procedures for lost or stolen equipment.
- Make backup copies of important business data and information. Regularly backup the data on all computers. Critical data includes word processing documents, electronic spreadsheets, databases, human resource files and any financial or accounting files. Backup data automatically, and if possible at least weekly, and store the copies either offsite or in cloud storage.
While this list isn’t exhaustive, we feel it is enough to provide an affordable start towards a more secure and productive business environment. If you need assistance with any security feature that was discussed, please feel free to contact Sunisle at your earliest convenience.