During an age when cyberattacks occur on a regular basis, it’s critical for business owners to understand the risks and take control of their security to protect themselves and their clients.
Taking proactive measures to address security vulnerabilities also shows your customers that you are dedicated to qualities that matter most to them – such as integrity, confidentiality and availability.
How to practice good cyber hygiene
Taking steps to protect your cybersecurity shows bad actors that you are not an easy target and will take all necessary steps to protect yourself and your clients. Best practices include:
- Be up to date on technology: You should have a comprehensive knowledge of your business, and the role technology plays, so you understand potential vulnerabilities.
- Be accountable: If you are not up to the task of security, hire a consultant or a third party to oversee this vital function.
- Safe password practices: Work to ensure employees do not share passwords and use a password manager to safeguard systems containing sensitive information.
- Make software updates automatic: It’s difficult to keep up with security patches and other updates. Make them automatic in your settings menu on servers.
- Install a firewall: Install firewalls on routers and modems to prevent cyberattacks or ask your internet service provider to do so and make sure they are working.
- Use encryption: This prevents someone who steals your password from getting access to an entire network.
- Exercise caution with Wi-Fi: Use wireless encryption and if you allow people outside the company to use your Wi-Fi, create a guest network that doesn’t have access to your files or internal systems.
Embrace a culture of exemplary cybersecurity practices
Safeguarding vital information for you and your clients may seem like an overwhelming task in today’s environment. However, educating yourself or turning to an expert will not only keep your business safe but serve as an example to your clients that you will do whatever is necessary to protect their interests.