Many business executives fail to acknowledge the risk of a cyber attack. Whether they think their business is too small or their data isn't valuable, they are wrong. Cyber criminals target businesses of all sizes. Even if you think your data is useless to a third party, it is valuable to your organization and this value will be used against you during an attack. Here is a checklist for small businesses to mitigare cyber security risks.
1. Data Protection
If your company shares any data with a third party, including customer and proprietary data, it puts your information at an even higher risk of theft. To mitigate this risk, identify all third parties involved in your data transactions, eliminate unnecessary sharing of data, and establish controls that regulate data procedures.
Take a look at your internal structure and identify any potential weaknesses and risks. This includes identifying which employees have access to secure information as well as their access points. Actively test your systems to make sure they are not vulnerable to intrusions.
3. Detect Intrusions
Since many employees use mobile devices to conduct business, it is important that companies are aware and take the necessary actions to prevent and detect intrusions. You should be aware of all mobile access points with the ability to remotely wipe a mobile device if necessary. Also, ensure that each device has the proper protection in place, such as passwords or encryption.
4. Respond Timely
If a crisis occurs, it is important to act quickly and respond to the problem. This can occur most smoothly if there is a pre-defined process to do so. In addition, maintaining updates and malware programs will mitigate risks as well.
5. Recover Assets
In the unfortunate event of a cyber-attack, the next step should be to recover anything lost, stolen, or damaged. Not being able to recover compromised data can cost businesses a substantial amount of time and money. In order to protect your data as much as possible, have a backup available easily and readily while also ensuring that you have an established recovery process in place.
All businesses collect and use data in some form and protecting this data has become a top priority with the rise of cyber attacks. Rather than worrying about technical processes, it may be smart to outsource these functions to an IT expert you can trust to handle your sensitive data. For more information regarding cyber protection, have a CPI representative contact you.