cybersecurity small medium businessesWith most small and medium-sized businesses relying on the internet to communicate with clients, access information, and process orders and payments, cybersecurity is a common concern. Many business owners and employees do not fully appreciate the risks associated with using the internet and unknowingly put their company’s information and survival in jeopardy. Here are some tips to keep your equipment, data, and networks secure.

Control access to company computers. Keep laptops in secure locations when they are not being used to prevent theft. Create separate user accounts for each employee and only give administrator rights to trusted staff.

All of the computers your company uses should have up-to-date antivirus and antispyware software. This software is readily available and is updated regularly as vulnerabilities are detected to provide the best protection possible. Set up your software so it updates automatically.

If your company uses mobile devices to handle sensitive information, make sure they are password-protected. Encrypt data and install security apps to prevent the theft of information. Require employees to report lost or stolen devices.

If your company accepts credit cards, work with banks or card processing companies to make sure you are using trusted tools and antifraud measures. Separate payment systems from less secure programs and use separate computers to process payments.

Keep your network safe by encrypting data and using a firewall. If you use a Wi-Fi network, keep it hidden and secure. Configure the router or wireless access point so it does not broadcast the name of the network, or Service Set Identifier (SSID). Make sure your router is password-protected.

Back up important data, including word processing documents, databases, financial information, spreadsheets, accounts receivable/payable, and human resources files. Store the data in the cloud or at an off-site location.

Require your employees to use strong passwords and to change them frequently. You can also use multifactor authentication to require additional information to gain access to sensitive data.

Create and enforce policies for employees on how to protect sensitive information. Make sure employees know the consequences of violating these policies.

Cyber liability insurance can protect your company from financial losses if you get hacked. With data breaches becoming more and more common, every business is at risk. Cyber liability insurance is a wise investment that can prevent financial ruin if your company becomes a victim of hackers. Contact Petruzelo Insurance to learn more about cyber liability coverage.