It’s Safer Internet Day – How Safe is Your Business?
According to a recent report from Cybercrime Magazine, many security experts predict that cybercrime will cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. With that in mind, why not take advantage of SAFER INTERNET DAY 2021 to check your online security practices and make sure your business is as secure as possible. To protect your small or medium sized business from attack, even if you have limited personnel or financial resources, here are a few immediate tips you can implement:
- Secure Your VPN Access
If you have remote employees, you need to keep track of who’s logging in via a virtual private network (VPN) and only enable the service for those with a legitimate business need. Make sure that as employees are hired or fired that you update their access accordingly.
- Don’t Forget Password Lists
When dealing with a service interruption, the last thing you need to be doing is performing password resets. Establish a central source for creating, distributing, maintaining and disabling longer, unique passwords for all users during their employment and departure.
- Identify and Record Who Has Administrative Privileges
Make it part of your weekly maintenance routine to look at who has administrative privileges to your network infrastructure and shut down access to anyone who shouldn’t have full permission.
- Patch Any Existing Vulnerabilities Now and Continue To So on a Regular Basis
Stop ignoring those notifications from Microsoft and other vendors so your systems stay up to date. Create a weekly or monthly “maintenance” checklist and regularly track all applicable patches and update accordingly.
- Create a Backup Strategy, Announce It and Test It
An effective backup strategy will provide your business with the ability to get up and running again quickly following an attack. Establish strong rules and permissions for all users and keep them updated. Set up and maintain a schedule to back up servers at set intervals. Run full backups three times a week with incremental backups each hour.
Staying on top of internet security requirements to protect your critical business information and intellectual property from data breaches can be daunting; however, if you commit to taking some common-sense approaches to network security at regularly scheduled intervals you’ll be better guarded against future incidents.