Cyber Security – Be On Top Of Your Game

Cyber Security – Be On Top Of Your Game

Most business owners are fully aware that both small and large businesses are at risk for a cyber security issue. No one is immune from a possible cyber attack, especially when hackers seem to be more prevalent than ever. Not only does it seem that the hacker population is at an all time high, but they have also proven that they are not afraid to target even some of the largest corporations around including eBay, Target Corporation, Michaels Stores, and Jimmy John’s. 

Although most small business owners are not ignorant about this issue, many simply do not have nearly enough security measures in place to protect themselves against hackers. An infographic published by National Cyber Security Alliance reports that 71% of security breaches target small businesses and, even more alarming, that nearly half of all small businesses have been a victim of a cyber security issue. Don’t become a statistic; use the following security tips to protect your business!

Security Policy For Your Employees

Not only should business owners and IT departments stay current on all issues relating to cyber security but a written security policy needs to be created so that employees understand what to do and why it’s vital. The written policy needs to address the following:

  • Whether employees should be permitted to have personal data on business devices
  • Whether business data should be allowed on personal devices
  • Action to take if a device is lost or stolen
  • Use of USB devices
  • Limiting or not limiting social media
  • Acceptable list of websites to access from a business network and personal network

Utilize the Strongest Passwords

Many of us use the same password over and over or use a common word that is easy to guess. You should consider changing your passwords to be something that will be difficult to crack. Try following these eight steps to creating stronger passwords. Keep in mind that passwords should be at least 12 characters long, contain upper and lower case letters, and try to include numbers and special characters. It may be difficult to keep track of but all of your passwords should be different. It will make a world of difference.

Safeguard Your Data

Go ahead and just resign yourself to the idea that hackers will somehow get into your computer systems. Once you have accepted this, you can take additional security measures such as encrypting your data. Encryption is an amazing tool that will convert the data on your computer systems into unreadable code making your hacker’s life very difficult. 

As you can see, your business needs the maximum protection at all times. Contact PowerLink, LLC today to get started in setting up a security plan for your business. In addition, we offer the latest technology in security equipment. Let us give you peace of mind that your business is safe and protected!

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