All you have to do is read the news these days to be reminded that security has never been more important. And who gets hit most? Small businesses. In fact, more than 70 percent of attacks happen to businesses with fewer than 100 employees, with an average loss of some USD 410,000.
The problem is how to respond. So many small businesses are unsure about how to protect their data — and their reputations — from what is an expanding list of threats. Adding to the challenge is the fact that every company uses technology a little differently, with unique cyberprotection needs. But there is a short list of things every business can and should do to protect itself.
Keep your software up to date.Make sure you have up-to-date software We might call this the low-hanging fruit. If you fall behind with your software, you run the risk of leaving a window open just enough for some bad actor to sneak through. So the next time you receive one of those software update alerts, take that simple step to patch those flaws in the previous version of the software and lock those windows.
Keep an eye on your devices.Address all of your devices—and Wi-Fi networks It’s a multidevice world we live in, and that’s just as true in the workplace. The question you have to answer is, “Does our business need to revise our practices and procedures for device use?” That means addressing the risk and response for phones, tablets and desktops to ensure as much as you can that all are secure and password protected. There is also the issue of the Wi-Fi networks you use. How secure are they?
Mantain yourself and those in your organization aware of current cybersecurity threads.Stay current on risks and threats One thing we know about those bent on malicious behavior is that they are constantly changing their tools and tactics. This is especially true with today’s emerging Internet of Things where more devices than ever are connected, including everything from our cars to our insulin pumps. That means building an effective security response requires staying current on new threats to your business security . Knowledge is not only power, it’s also safety.
Renew your old devices.Upgrade to newer, more secure PCs The truth is, older machines, in addition to costing you more to maintain, are more vulnerable to today’s increasingly sophisticated security threats. It makes sense. Those bad actors have had ample time to find ways in. Plus, anyone who has tried it knows how difficult it is to integrate mobile devices and old PCs running out-of-date software.
That means that it could be time to upgrade to new Intel PCs and tablets to protect your network and business. New PCs with Windows 10 Pro and the latest Intel Core processors offer security enhancements like Windows Hello, which incorporates biometric security and hardware-based, built-in security features that use your face, iris or fingerprint to log in.