Cyber Security Basics for Businesses
Many small businesses put off learning about cyber security until it’s too late, and they are hit with malware or ransomware that takes a great deal of money and time to remedy. Educating yourself on the cyber security basics and partnering with a knowledgeable IT partner like Computer Services Unlimited, LLC. will set you up for success.
Training Is Essential
Just like you train employees on proper cash handling procedures or how to create an invoice, you should also train them on how to protect themselves and your business on tech devices and the internet. You should outline and implement security policies that are clear and simple so that all employees can understand them. Even basic rules, like not downloading email attachments from unknown emails, might be a surprise to less-savvy employees.
The Right Set Up
Did you know that the way that your computers and network are set up directly affects the likelihood of your business becoming the victim of a cyber attack? It’s vital that your set up is designed to protect your data and your customer information from being easily accessible. This is even more important if you deal with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or are subject to compliance regulations (HIPAA, FINRA, PCI, etc.). If you need to save PII and handle it, you must have additional protocols in place.
Protect Your Past, Present and Future
Does your business have a back up and a disaster recovery plan? If you don’t, and you haven’t been the unfortunate victim of a cyber attack yet, now is the time to plan! Maintaining accurate back ups and keeping hardware and software up to date on your own can be intimidating, so most small business owners choose to hire a team of experienced IT professionals to do the job for them. Computer Services Unlimited, LLC. can keep your software and hardware up to date, while regularly backing up your system and constantly updating your security protocols to guard against new threats.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Finally, you should make sure that you are working in conjunction with IT professionals who can come up with the right solutions to keep your business functioning optimally and securely. By discussing your unique business goals and limitations with an expert, you will end up with a perfectly customized security solution that gets real results. Would you like to learn more about how the team at Computer Services Unlimited, LLC. can help you with your cyber security needs? Contact Kevin Spargo at (410) 484-7380 ext. 108, or email him at [email protected].