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Hello! My name is Hana and I am the content writer for Smeester & Associates. I was born in raised in Long Island, New York, but I have lived abroad and traveled many places over the last four years. I currently reside in Mexico City. It's been an exciting challenge to write about topics associated with the importance of cyber security in small business. Every day, I myself am learning more about this industry and what it can do for small business owners around the country. I have years of content writing experience and I have been published on both print and web. Any topics you want to see discussed here? Shoot me an email at info@smeester.com.

Aug 25

Everyone Should Know These Important Cybersecurity Basics

By Hana LaRock | Security

Cybersecurity is very complex and safeguarding data may mean different things from one company to another. In some cases, it involves hiring an entire team to take on potential attacks at every possible moment. In other cases, it involves implementing the basic necessities in order to protect your information. Security breaches happen so often that it’s imperative that companies do whatever it takes to defend their data. Unfortunately, not all companies have the budget nor the resources to do so.

If your company falls into one of those categories, then it’s important to at the very least, learn these basic steps to cybersecurity.

Educate Your Staff

Even if only some members of your staff are absolutely proficient in security language, it’s a good idea to have even the non-security folk have a general idea of what’s going on. Everyone should be on the same page when it comes to sharing files, using passwords, or exchanging information. It should be clear who the administrators are, who has access to which files, and what the procedure is when red flags show up in the system.

Be Aware of Your Data

How can you protect your data if you don’t know what it is you’re protecting? Does your company have sensitive information from your customers? A “secret” algorithm that’s your company’s money maker? Private information that’s stored on mobile devices? Whatever it is, those handling it (and even those not handling it) should know exactly what they have that’s so crucial to protect.

Take Passwords Seriously

Hackers are able to guess passwords very easily. If you don’t take password creation seriously, it could be one of the biggest mistakes your company makes. When a new software or program asks you to create a strong password, they mean it. And, don’t just choose numbers 1-9, either. Be creative and diverse with your passwords and also use different passwords for different things. Keep them written somewhere safe.

Constantly Update Your Antivirus

Most small businesses use an antivirus software when they start out. While antiviruses are good to use, they constantly need to be updated in order to keep up with the amount of potential attacks that are out there. One of the most basic pieces of advice is to not settle for the basic plan. Get your company what it needs to protect itself, even if it seems a little outrageous at the time.

Always Have a Backup Plan

It’s really great that you have a CISO to take care of everything, but what if he or she is out sick or needs to move to another state? What if a breach happens while your chief security officer is on vacation? Your company should have a backup plan or at least a certain protocol in place to deal with things if and when they happen. That being said, all companies should take the necessary measures to deal with things before they happen; something you’ll have to discuss with your CFO.

Ask Questions

Everything that there is to do with cybersecurity is pretty overwhelming for the average individual. If this topic isn’t your forte, then don’t be too shy to ask questions so that you can understand what you need to for your company. At the same time, don’t try to take complete initiative over your entire business’ security program if you’re not sure what to do. Get help from those who are professionals.

Consider Your Budget

One of the biggest problems companies face today with cybersecurity is whether or not to spend money on it. If you’re here now, then you’ve thankfully already understood the importance of allocating money towards protecting your data. However, we understand that budgeting is a huge concern for any company. But, there’s always a plan out there that’s suitable for everyone. If you need help finding yours, just ask us!

Are you familiar with the basics of cybersecurity but still need help? Then contact Smeester & Associates and sign up for a face to face meeting. 


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