Starting a business is both exciting and frightening at the same time. This is your business’s make or break time. It’s a time where you’re bound to make mistakes. That’s only natural – we learn from our mistakes. There are some mistakes that no new start-up can afford to make, though.
Chief amongst these is dropping the ball when it comes to cybersecurity. A breach at a stage where you’ve yet to make a good name yourself could prove fatal for your business. And, considering that cybercrime in 2018 totaled a whopping $445 billion, no one is safe.
So, what can you as a small business do to ensure that your system is secure? Quite a lot, actually. Let’s go through these.
Use Top-Notch Anti-Viral Protection
A great anti-virus program is an essential starting point. Get it installed and ensure that every device you or an employee may use has similar top-level protection. This includes personal devices if they’re used for business. Set the software to look for updates automatically, daily.
Now let’s super-size your protection by adding a cloud-based email scanner. These will improve protection and productivity by keeping spam messages off your servers. The advantage of using a cloud-based system is the no email will reach your server if it doesn’t seem legit.
Because everything is based in the cloud, you don’t find space on your servers for the application, and you never have to worry about updating it.
Bring Someone in to Perform Security Awareness Training
We’re at a stage where the range of attacks makes it difficult to keep up. Security training assists by not only highlighting the types of attacks but also teaching you general good practices to keep your data secure.
Now, super-size your security awareness training by conducting phishing tests at random. This is where a fake phishing email is sent out. Customize the email so that it looks like a run of the mill request you get every day and then see who clicks or acts on it.
Rethink Password Security
What constitutes a strong password today is very different from what would have been considered strong two or three years ago. It’s a good idea to keep up with the best practices in terms of password safety.
For example, did you know that your password should consist of at least 16 digits? Or that these digits should never spell out real words? Keep making every new password stronger.
Now, super-size your protection by adding two-factor authentication for signing onto your system. It’s annoying, but you’ll get used to it fast enough. It’ll not only help to prevent remote attacks, but you’ll be notified that someone is trying to hack you when the authentication message comes through.
Back up your Data
This is standard good practice – anything can go wrong. What if your computer dies? What if your system is destroyed by hackers? Do a backup at least once a week and keep it locked away safely.
Now, super-size it by adding in a second back-up that’s stored separately to your office. For this one, consider cloud storage. That way, if the office burns down, you still have a backup to rely on.
When it comes to cybersecurity, there’s no such thing as being too cautious. As a start-up, you’re ideally positioned to get this caution engrained from day one. We’ve given you the basic tips that you know, and also ways to supersize them for even more security.