Almost every type of small business collects data on customers. They all have valuable information that they store using digital tools. So, what do data breaches for small businesses mean?
Your business’ important information and customer data may be targeted by hackers any time. In order to protect their small business from data breaches, small business owners have to take certain precautionary measures. This means that every business has to have an established set of procedures and practices that need to be followed by everyone in the company.
CertainSafe has come up with a list of cybersecurity tips for small businesses. Find out what you can do to prevent possible cyber-attacks and safeguard your crucial business data.
Establish and enforce a password policy
Not all hackers are sophisticated. Some are just excellent scammers who use phishing emails and make you give out your passwords. They’re able to gather enough information from social networks and guess your password.
So, what is the best solution in this situation? Establish and follow strict rules about password management. Every single employee has to follow them. You have to maintain strong passwords with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Remember: don’t use the same password for every account you have and make sure you change them every few months.
Implement two-factor authentication protocols
Another useful way to protect your data from hackers is to use the two-factor authentication protocols. When using this protocol, a user will need other pieces of information, apart from passwords to gain access to your database.
You might want to consult an IT professional to help you turn on the two-factor authentication for your business.
Limit access to information
If your small business has extremely sensitive data stored, it’s vital not to share passwords with each and every employee of the company. Or, you may use CertainSafe’s Digital Safety Deposit Box. When using the deposit box, your files are exchanged for digital tokens, (MicroTokens), which are then MicroEncrypted and distributed offsite across an array of redundant servers for impenetrable private storage.
Also, it might not be a good idea to give employees access to important files on their personal devices. Reason being is that it may become hard to control access.
Provide employee training on cybersecurity
In order to minimize cybersecurity threats, every employee needs to go through proper training on how to keep the company’s information secure. Apart from being trained on password best practices, workers should learn about email safety and not clicking unknown links, about limiting physical access to devices and about the importance of avoiding using public networks.
Keep only what you need and destroy data before disposal
When a data breach occurs it could lead to legal liability if a customer’s personal data falls into the hands of hackers. To reduce the potential of data being stolen, keep the minimum amount of data stored. If you don’t need social security numbers or credit card numbers, then don’t store them. If you’re about to dispose of old equipment, make sure to use special software to completely delete the sensitive information.
Don’t fail at cybersecurity
Your small business can’t afford to fail at cybersecurity. It’s vital to keep all the information secure and protected. If you need help with cybersecurity, feel free to consult CertainSafe because we have the right solution for you!