These tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance and Better Business Bureau can help you protect your business against violations and other vulnerabilities that could compromise your information.
If you have a small or medium business (SMB), protect the data of your customers and your company is vital. All is take is an important commitment for your clients to lose their trust in you and, as a consequence, for your company to suffer. By following certain recommended practices, you can better protect your data so they are less vulnerable.
The following tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Better Business Bureau, published on Tuesday, are designed to help you protect the data your business depends on.
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Start with these main tips to take action
- Block your username: The use of password phrases to protect the accounts you use for your company is advantageous, since such phrases can be more secure and easier to remember than a single complex password. However, you must ensure that the passphrases you use They are long, unique and stored securely.. Also, take advantage of stronger authentication methods whenever they are available. Methods such as two-factor verification, biometrics, and security keys provide an additional layer of protection for your business accounts.
- Update your system and software: Make sure your computers, devices and software have the latest security updates to better protect your data.
- Backup: Protect your company's data by backing up your most important files. Establish a regular program to back up your supplier database, employee contact data, customer financial data and other critical information.
Keep a clean machine
- Update the software on all your devices: This includes point-of-sale systems and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
- Establish or update BYOD policies (Bring your own device): The objective is to reduce the risks involved in allowing controlled devices owned by employees.
- Remove software and applications Your business no longer uses.
- Teach your employees Good habits to keep devices clean and safe.
Purging digital files
- Set guidelines for data retention for all your physical and digital records. Be sure to safely dispose of all old or unnecessary data.
- Clean your old emails and empty your deleted folders. Archive your old messages.
- Drop out from newsletters, email alerts and other updates that you no longer need.
- Use the rule 3-2-1. to back up your business data: create three backup copies using two different types of media with an offline backup and in a different physical location.
- Check for a next BBB secures your identification day or similar event in your area. Many of these "day of destruction" events can safely destroy your electronic equipment and your data. If you plan to participate on that day, review your data and devices in advance. Look beyond computers and mobile devices. Consider other crushing equipment, such as external hard drives, USB drives, tape drives, built-in flash memory, portable devices, network equipment, copiers, printers, and fax machines, all of which can store valuable personal data and images.
- Eliminate stocks. Do not forget that old collection of hard drives and other devices. Even if they are securely enclosed, they can contain valuable and vulnerable data. Clean and destroy old and unused units as soon as possible.
- Empty recycling bin On all computers and devices. But do not forget to delete the deleted files safely and permanently. Use one Crushing tool that can overwrite deleted files with random data.
- Consider special tools for overwriting and erasing. for electronic devices. For tape drives, remove any identifying information written on the labels before disposing of them. For the built-in flash memory and the network or office equipment, perform a full reset and confirm that no confidential data remains.
- Do not forget the failed or crashed hard drives. For such units, cleaning them may not be enough. Destroying or destroying them is the most practical solution.
- Make sure the hard drive is truly shredded, which means cutting it into small pieces. Using a hammer to hit the unit may not do the trick. Instead, use a trusted shredding company to get rid of old and unused hard drives.
Clean your online presence
- Check the privacy and security settings in your online accounts. Remember to include both your business accounts and your personal accounts.
- Review and limit people who have administrative access. to your business accounts. Grant access only to those who require it to do their work, and base that access on work tasks, not job titles.
- Clean your social media accounts eliminating old and unnecessary photos and eliminating accounts that you no longer need.
- Control what you and your employees can share in social media accounts for your business by creating policies and procedures for everyone to follow.
- Update web browsers. not only on your computers and mobile devices, but on all devices connected to the Internet in your company. Do not forget devices outside your office, including those used by remote workers.
Dust the plan
- Build a multifunctional team to review the cybersecurity strategy of your company. What valuable assets do you need to protect and how? How does your business plan to detect gaps and other vulnerabilities and how does it respond and recover if one occurs?
To learn more, CyberSecure my NCSA business is a national program that offers free interactive training workshops, webinars and monthly newsletters. And for more information on the security of SMEs, take a look at Top 10 security challenges faced by SMEs on TechRepublic.