From start-ups to international corporations, cybersecurity is a serious issue for businesses of all sizes. With 1 in 2 small and medium-sized enterprises experiencing a breach of their computer security, according to a 2017 survey, it’s vital that you know how to keep your business safe from hackers and cybercriminals.
To set you on the right track, here are our top cyber security tips for SMEs which should ensure that you are taking the necessary steps to protect your organisation, and your customer’s data, against cyber security breaches.
Invest the Right Training
A large part of keeping your business safe from cyber threats is education. After all, you cannot protect your company against a threat you aren’t even aware exists. As cybersecurity threats continue to increase and evolve, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that both you and your staff are aware of what the latest tactics are, and how to protect yourself against falling victim to them.
The best way to do this so by investing in cyber security awareness training for your entire team. This will ensure that you are all up to speed on cybersecurity best practices, and all have a basic understanding of how to recognise common cyber attack and tactics like phishing.
By investing in training while your organisation is still growing you can ensure that you are well-educated from the start and that you have the right attitude in place towards all types of security as your business scales up.
Implement Two-Factor Authentication
Also known as 2FA, two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to important accounts and networks, making these more difficult to breach for cybercriminals. A recent report by American software company, Symantec, found that around 80% of cybersecurity attacks could have been prevented by the introduction of 2FA by small to medium-sized businesses.
While using 2FA does require some additional set-up and means that employees must be able to access an additional device – such as their mobile phone – it cybersecurity benefits it offers far outweigh cons.
Keep an Eye on Personal Devices
Nowadays it’s common for most small business to allow their staff to use their personal devices for work. After all, by allowing employing to bring in their own devices, you cut down on the cost of investing invest in desktops or laptops for each of your employees.
However, this does pose a cybersecurity risk in itself, so if you are going to allow your employees to access the company network from their personal devices, make sure that you have a clear policy in place on how to do so correctly and securely. Making automatic security software updates and regular password changes mandatory will go a long way in protecting your company network against unauthorised access.
Regularly Test Your Cyber Security
Once you have all of the necessary security software in place, it can be tempting to just forget about it and let it do it’s thing while you run your business. In reality, there’s not much point in you investing in these security measures, if you aren’t then going to regularly test them to ensure that they are working correctly and that there are no new vulnerabilities present in your network.
Understandably, your enterprise might not be large enough yet to warrant a full-time IT professional who can monitor your security measures, in which case you should consider bringing in a professional to audit your cybersecurity every quarter, to ensure that it is performing as it should and that all your internal security procedures are up to scratch.