How Can Small Businesses Benefit from Being Cyber Secure?

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As technology shows no signs of stopping at the slightest inconvenience, we’re starting to see a breakthrough in almost every part of the world when the topic of technology comes up. One hot topic right now is cybersecurity / Photo by: ferli via 123RF

 

As technology shows no signs of stopping at the slightest inconvenience, we’re starting to see a breakthrough in almost every part of the world when the topic of technology comes up. One hot topic right now is cybersecurity.

 

As all our data reserves go online and as data becomes unanimously the business world’s most important resource, are small businesses being left out? Business News Daily points out that this is not the case sometimes, it’s just that not a lot are very familiar with the way cybersecurity works.

 

The thing is, if the threat is mostly not obvious, can we blame people for carelessness?

 

The way in which small businesses could also benefit from cybersecurity is through data protection, and when the time comes, possibly data analysis too, if the business is getting big. Before that can be done, though, business would have to first figure out where their business stands.

 

This means that they have to try and get their head around what kind of security they need, how strong, and how elaborate. Heather Paunet, vice president of product management at Untangle, a network security provider for small businesses, says the tip is to actually do a cybersecurity audit.

 

After this, literacy is key. Employers and employees alike should have the initiative and desire to really learn to recognize cybersecurity threats. Employers can employ an hour training for all their employees, which will teach them about “phishing emails, good browsing practices, not downloading suspicious files or clicking links.”

 

This is advice given out by Sean Allen, the digital marketing manager at Aware.

 

Finally, and although it seems suspiciously simple, it always pays to make sure your passwords are secure. According to Velo IT Group CEO Taylor Toce, this is important because it will make sure that no data is compromised even by the slightest bit of nudge.

 

“For example, if your password was compromised as part of a security breach, or if you simply shared it with one too many co-workers, you can tighten the security on those accounts by just using a new password," he says.