Small businesses may believe that their size prevents them from becoming a target for hackers and other criminals. Yet the opposite too often is true. This is because smaller companies usually lack the robust security measures of their larger competitors, especially when it comes to online protections. Without a sizable or experienced IT department keeping watch over their networks, these enterprises don’t find out how vulnerable they are until it’s too late. With this in mind, it’s extremely important for a business of any size to pay close attention to its network and shield it against intruders or vandals.
Although there is no airtight strategy that will keep out all types of intrusions, there are several key points small business owners need to bear in mind. Applying these to their systems and remaining vigilant could be the difference between staying safe and becoming a victim.
Infographic created by KEYper Systems
For example, a critical element of online security is encryption. Without encryption, emails are at risk of being plucked right out of the system and having its sensitive elements stripped away for exploitation. The level of encryption does not need to be extreme. It only has to be enough to discourage anyone from taking a chance on decrypting it.
A much simpler safeguard to implement also is one of the most vital. Password protection needs to be used on servers and all other areas where employees have access. Workers must be diligent about regularly updating their passwords. This prevents them from being stolen or broken by a dedicated cyber-criminal.
Wi-Fi has become an extremely necessary resource for businesses of all sizes, but not many realize how dangerous it could be from a safety perspective. Allowing unrestricted access for guests may seem like good hospitality. However, it creates a back door through which unwanted guests can take advantage of that openness.
Above all else, reaction time is one of the most crucial factors in guarding a system from breaches. The faster you can respond to the warning signs of a threat, the sooner you can close it and seal it from further harm. Whenever you notice an issue on your network, be sure to act swiftly and take action as soon as possible. This will make it less likely that your network will be hacked any more than it already has been.
Keeping your IT infrastructure safe from harm is essential no matter how large or small your business is. For more information about securing your company and its assets online and in the real world, take a close look at the accompanying infographic above. It contains some useful ideas that can help ensure you’ll avoid becoming a target.
Travis Ray is Director of Customer Care & Strategic Marketing for KEYper® Systems, a key management and storage systems company. Ray is responsible for overseeing the customer care team that provides software and hardware support for new and current clients.
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