Every business, and especially small businesses, should write and implement protocols for good cyber-security measures. No company or organization is exempt from a data breach, hack attack, or email phishing attempt.
Access control protocols are imperative in the workplace. Businesses should have a strong policy on password strength and password updates. Employees should be reminded of the importance of keeping passwords private. In addition, everyone should know how to “lock” their computers when away from the desk, even to use the rest room. The Identity Theft Resource Center found that about 22 percent of breaches are caused by insider theft, and 12 percents are a matter of accidental exposure. Enterprises TV believes it is time to curtail that.
Most businesses utilize a good email filter. Yet, some phishing notes do slip through the cracks. Take time during company meetings to remind staff what a phishing email note looks like, and the harm it can cause if opened. Explain how a suspicious note with an attachment can wreak havoc on the entire company server if opened. Thank staff for following the protocols.
Mobile Device Management
Everyone today owns a mobile device and some own several. Personal mobile devices should not be allowed to connect to business network servers. If an employee needs to work offsite and connect to the server, assign one owned by the business. Business-owned mobile devices are already loaded with malware protection, and stronger encryption-ware for use out of the office. Limit the number of employees who should have these devices.
Good cyber-security protocols can protect small businesses from data and financial breaches, and accidental malware and phishing attacks.