How to Improve Cybersecurity for Your Business

In this article, we will discuss How to Improve Cybersecurity for Your Business.

Internet crime is on the rise and it is affecting businesses both large and small. To protect yourself you need to make sure that you are taking all the necessary precautions to prevent it from happening to your business. 

A cyberattack can cripple your business for days and weeks. Several businesses have never recovered from a cyber attack. This is how dangerous it is. 

You need to make sure that you are taking steps to protect your business at every turn. These are some of the major things you need to do to protect your business from cyber crimes.

Use Security Software

Perhaps the easiest and quickest way to protect your business from cyber crimes is by using antivirus software. This software is specially designed to spot viruses and malware ahead of time so that you can avoid compromising personal information about you and your clients.

This type of software is always updated and you need to keep track of all these updates. Make sure you do your updates as quickly as possible because updates often mean that vulnerabilities have been found in the security software and that the manufacturer has taken steps to address them. 

The sooner you get your updates the more protected your device and computers will be.

This advice not only goes for security software, but you should also make sure that you are updating any other software that is connected to your business regularly. Failure to do this can result in your software being infiltrated by unscrupulous people.

Strong Passwords

The backbone of any cyber security strategy is the use of a strong password. Employees should have different passwords for different sites that they access. 

The password should be complex and they should contain letters, numbers as well as symbols. This is the most effective way to help prevent cyber crimes.

Try using multi-factor identification as well so that even when employees put in a password they will still be required to verify their identity in some other way. They may be asked to put in a password sent to their email or mobile devices. 

This adds another layer of protection and security. Cybercriminals are much less likely to get around multi-factor authentication. It’s not impossible, but making things as difficult as possible for them is the easiest way to protect your business data.

Train Your Staff

Training your staff is probably one of the most critical things that you can do when it comes to protecting your business from cybercrimes. Your staff is often the bridge between your business and unscrupulous criminals who want to access your business data. 

You should train your employees not to use company devices for too much personal use. This can severely compromise data.

Train them to be on the lookout for suspicious activities in emails and on any website where they have to input their password to access your business platform. Teach them how to create secure passwords and how to get rid of sensitive data that may be cached by their browsers. 

For example, they can clear the cache in their browser if they went to Spotify to listen to podcasts. They can learn how to effectively do that here. They can also clear their caches on other websites as well for security purposes and to improve the browsing experience.

Avoid Public WiFi

It can be comforting to log in wherever you are on the go and get work done. However, getting work done may cost one or more of your employees their personal information. Public Wi-Fi is notorious for attracting cybercriminals who want to steal personal information.

At all times you should try to use a secure network. Preferably, the one at home and the office to log into your business database.

Backup Your Data

One important action that your business cannot afford to overlook is the backing up of your data. Backups can be done on hardware such as thumb drives and compact discs. 

However, one of the most effective ways to back up your business data is via cloud storage. Cloud storage makes it easy for you to update your database. You can choose specific times and dates when you want your data to be backed up.

Control Access

Another simple way you can protect your business is by making sure that you are meticulous about who has access to certain information. Keeping important information about your clients and customers as well as trade secrets confidential is critical for the survival of your business. 

You need to make sure that there are specific people who have access and clearance to sensitive information. This way when there is some kind of security breach it is easier to pinpoint where the issue began. 

When everybody has access, especially in a medium size or large business it can be difficult to find out where information was compromised. Being particular about giving access to files not only protects your job but also makes it possible for you to improve security.

Stay Secure

There are a lot of ways you can protect your business from experiencing cybercrime. Some cybercriminals are clever and you need to make sure that you are one step ahead of them at all times. This means that you should pay attention to the passwords you are using and make sure they’re secure. 

Stay off public Wi-Fi whenever possible and only use Wi-Fi at home and work. It’s vital that you have a high speed internet connection, like gigabit internet so you can make quick changes whenever you need to. Also, you need to be very careful about who you give access to your data. 

Often security breaches come from within. You should make sure that you are training your employees to recognize unscrupulous behavior on the internet that could lead to a compromise of your personal information. Finally, always enjoy that you are backing up your data so that you can copy your files if needed.

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Haider Khalid

IP MPLS & Enterprise Core Network Engineer, CCIE# 52939
Haider Khalid is an IP MPLS & Enterprise Core Network Engineer (CCIE# 52939) who has worked with several ISPs & Telecom operators in Pakistan, Middle East and the UK. He is always keen to learn new technologies and likes to share them with his peers and other people. In case of any questions or feedback, please feel free to drop a comment below or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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