Owning a small business is no easy task. Sometimes computer security can fall through the cracks when running the other aspects of the business is taking up all the time you have! Here are some tips to keep your devices (and your business for that matter) safe from cyber-attacks. 

  • Train employees

 Your employees are the first line of defense with cyber security. With a little training and strong guidelines, this first barrier can be one of your strongest! These guidelines include strong passwords, having active antivirus software installed and ensuring your employees know a malicious email when they see them. 

  • Protect information, computers, and networks from cyber attacks

 The best way to do this is ensure that your device is always updated to the latest operating system as well as having an antivirus software that is set to run scans regularly. 

  • Provide firewall security for your internet connection

 Firewalls prevent from unwanted traffic on your network. Firewalls can also allow remote employees to security connect to the corporate network via a VPN tunnel.   

  • Create mobile device action plan

 Mobile devices are potential security risks if they are not protected. Ensuring that personal devices with company information on them are password locked and encrypted will decrease risk on mobile devices (including laptops). 

  • Make backup copies of important business data and information

 Ensure that computers are backed up regularly in case of a data loss or a security breach. Applications are available on the web to automate this process at any sort of interval. Atlanta IT Services offers cloud-based daily backups of your files. 

  •  Control physical access to your computers and create user accounts for each employee

 Restricting physical access to devices for only trusted individuals and IT personnel. Having strong passwords on each device helps confirm that your data will be safe in case of theft. 

  • Secure your Wi-Fi networks

 When a Wi-Fi network is being utilized in a workplace, it should take security precautions as well. Make sure that the router is password protected and your network is both encrypted and hidden. 

  • Employ best practices on payment cards

 Banks and other financial establishments usually offer validation tools and anti-fraud services. Aside from that, use a separate device to process payments and surf the web. The more separated those two are, the better. 

  • Limit employee access to data an information, limit authority to install software

 Employees should only be given access to the data that pertains to their role in the business. Limiting install authority protects from potential harmful software invasion. 

  • Passwords and authentication

 Changing passwords every 3 months is recommended to ensure maximum security on employee accounts. The new passwords should be unique from the old one. Be sure to check with software vendors to see if the offer multi-factor authentication to provide more safety.

Following these steps will put your company well on their way to becoming a much safer cyberspace! Be sure to contact (https://www.atlantaitservices.com/contact) AtlantaITservices.com for help implementing these steps! Source: https://www.fcc.gov/general/cybersecurity-small-business