Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have become extremely vulnerable to cyber security threats, over the years. This is primarily due to lack of resources to support better cyber security systems and processes for optimum protection. SMEs need to be mindful of cyber security lapses that can cause severe damage to businesses online.
To help you mitigate such circumstances, here are seven tips to help you stay on top of your cyber security and avoid possible threats:
- Update Your Software
Remember that you should not ignore software updates because they can help boost its security that is beneficial for your business. Skipping the software update makes your computers or any other devices vulnerable to online threats. Hackers consider this as a weak spot, and they look for software that is not updated when they try to hack your files.
- Identify Phishing Emails
Phishing emails are made to allow hackers access to sensitive information. Oftentimes, the email is sent by what seems to be a reliable person or company. Before giving out any confidential information through email, verify the person or company first by doing a quick search online.
There have been a growing number of phishing victims in the past years. In the past, phishing emails were easily be recognized, but nowadays, these emails are starting to appear legit that results in more victims falling for its trap. Phishing emails cause unimaginable trouble like emptying bank accounts and opening social accounts, to name a few.
- Be Mindful of Ransomware
Ransomware is a malware that encrypts files. This could lock up your data, and hackers do this for financial gain. When you fall prey to this cyber security threat, the hacker will have access to all your essential files, and they will lock all your files until you pay a ransom. SMEs should have reliable data backups and antivirus software to keep files protected at all times.
- Secure Your Network (Wired and WiFi!)
Keep your office Wi-Fi network updated at all times. It should be at the WPA2 standard to make it difficult for hackers to infiltrate the system. Your Wi-Fi network should also have a long and secure password that will discourage hackers from attempting to access your system. Also be cognizant of available unprotected desk network ports, if they are spare and not in use get them disabled!
- Have a Backup Plan
All SMEs should have a backup plan to ensure recovery in a catastrophic scenario. Invest in a secure backup solution making sure your data is in multiple locations and encrypted. Cloud storage could be a good contender here if used correctly.
- Establish a Mobile Device Plan
The mobile devices that you use for your business should also be secured. At the minimum, ensure your staff are password-protecting and enabling disk encryption on their mobile devices. You should to create good policy and procedure to support secure mobile devices and this should be prudently followed by all your employees.
- Limit Software & Hardware Access
You must be aware that not all attacks are external in fact, most cyber security threats come from inside the company and usually by accident! To help avoid this, limit employees’ access to what is required for them to perform their duties. This can be a difficult balance to achieve but is a necessary task.
The tips given above will help you begin lowering the attack surface of your organisation. Establishing a good technology and cyber security strategy will help you reduce the risk of cyber threats and ensure business continuity.
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