What Businesses Need to Know About Cyber Safety

Our Nation’s economy relies on the success of small and medium-sized businesses. These types of businesses offer a wide range of services and in addition, they store significant amounts of sensitive data, ranging from their database and financial spreadsheets to intellectual property.  To protect this information, it is important to have a strategic approach to cyber security.  When choosing and using your technology wisely, there are three key areas that make up a solid cyber security plan and they include:

Prevention: This includes the policies, procedures and solutions that need to be in place to minimize the risk of attacks.

Resolution: This includes the plans and strategy that needs to be in place in the event of a computer security breach, and identify the resources that will be used to handle these threats.

Restitution: This addresses any fall out or repercussions stemming from a security threat and provides a plan for how to address employees and customers to minimize any loss of trust or business.

The Department of Homeland Security and other Federal agencies are taking action to help improve the cybersecurity of small and medium-sized businesses. Here are some of the steps that they list that all businesses can take to ensure their cybersecurity:

Use a firewall, hide your Wi-Fi network, and use encrypting information to secure your Internet connection.
Regularly use and update anti-virus and anti-spyware software on all computers; automate patch deployments across your organization to protect against vulnerabilities.
Invest in data loss protection software for your network and use encryption technologies to protect data in transit.
Educate employees about cyber threats and ways to protect your organization’s data and hold the employees accountable to Internet security policies and procedures.
Require employees to use strong passwords and change them on a regular basis.
Protect sensitive information by establishing security practices and policies.
Protect all pages on public-facing websites, not just the sign-up and checkout pages.

So Who Can Help? Well, even the Federal Communications Commission agrees that your best sources of guidance when creating and integrating your cyber security plan are your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and supporting software providers. At 2000 Computer Solutions we have services specifically dedicated to our business customers to help them with this issue.

October is indeed cyber security month and the Department of Homeland Security is taking it seriously. This month, they feature more tips and additional information and resources on their site at www.dhs.gov.