As a small business owner, cyber security may not be at the top your your list. From everyday operations to long term planning, there is always something that takes precedent over making sure your online information is protected. But, protecting yourself and your business online can be an important part of protecting the hard work you have put into your business and your assets online and offline.
Just like you would lock up that the end of the night, there are steps that can be taken by you and your employees to protect yourself online. Here are the some easy steps that any small business owner can implement to protect themselves and their business.
The checklist below is not exhaustive but it is an outline of the most basic protection strategies.
- Set-up a password protected network and ensure it is secure.
- Install anti-malware on all devices to prevent bugs
- Check all credit card processing and be sure to comply with all rule regarding processing credit card payments
- Give each employee an individual login for any given system
- Change all default passwords to something more secure
- Educate your staff of proper cyber security and implement reasonable policies for the use of social media and mobile devices at work
These simple steps will provide your small business an extra level of security that can protect from cyber attacks. It is also recommended that small businesses hire a cyber security expert to evaluate weaknesses in protection and suggest remedies.