Cyber Security and Best Practices for Business

In order to ensure your business is secure from data breaches, cyberattacks, or viruses, cyber security needs to be a top priority. Treat it as a culture, an operational component of the organization – not just software. Support for implementation of a cybersecurity program has to start at the top and trickle down to ensure its being used to its full advantage.

A company can put the most advanced systems into place, but untrained or lax employees can open the gate for a virus or hacker with the simple click of an unknown link, or by inserting an infected thumb drive into their workstation. In 2015, more than 60 percent of security issues were caused by employees. To reduce this risk, all employees should undergo security training as part of their orientation, and then refresh their knowledge annually.

Mobile devices also increase the potential risk factor. If you are using your personal device, make sure it is secured. You would be amazed by the number of mobile phones and tablets that are not password protected or even have a screen lock enabled. In addition, be careful about utilizing public wireless networks, as hackers have the ability to “sniff” information on an open public Wi-Fi.

Instead, when working remote, use a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal hotspot. Sensitive business or personal information should only be transmitted using a protected network or using encryption.

A few additional suggestions to help keep your network secure and efficient:

  1. Have proactive written policies that focus on compliance and create a commitment to best practices. Focus on three or four policies – not a long drawn out document that is difficult to understand or perform
  2. Keep your computer operating systems, antivirus and anti-malware programs up to date. The “bad guys” are constantly coming up with new viruses and malware
  3. Keep your machines clean – desktops and mobile devices. Remove unused software and delete no longer needed applications. This is just a good security practice and removes a potentially unprotected environment
  4. Use strong passwords and don’t keep a list of them on your desk or desktop. You can create strong passwords that are easy to remember. There are also a number of safe, secure password reminder programs

If you’d like to learn more about what your organization can do to increase its cyber security, email us or call us at 800.698.1686 – we’re happy to chat.

Written by: Rick Sheehy – 3/3/2017