The Internet has revolutionized every single field, and business certainly is no exception. Businesses (even small ones) can now grow rapidly transcending borders, thanks to the Internet. Solutions like broadband connectivity and online business make it possible for businesses to grow beyond borders and allow for jobs to be created anywhere. But there is a major downside to using the Internet for your business; growing theft of digital information.
Don’t worry; that can be kept at bay with a few tweaks in your cybersecurity strategy.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has shared ten essential tips to make sure your business is secure. Nothing will beat having a trustworthy Orlando IT Support team to help; but for some, here are the basic 10 points the FCC wants to share:
- Train employees in security principles: Establish basic security practices to make sure all your employees know how to handle and protect vital business and customer information. Also let them know that there will be penalties for violating business policies.
- Protect information, computers and networks: Make sure all the computers used for business are protected with antivirus and antispyware software that are regularly updated (consider scheduling the updates for midnight when the computer usage is the least). Don’t forget to set the software to do the scan after it is updated. And if you would like additional protection, there are plenty of software packages that offer subscriptions to “security service” applications.
- Provide firewall security for your internet connection: See to it that firewalls are installed and maintained between your internal network and the Internet. Don’t forget to ensure that home systems of employees who work from their homes are secured with firewalls as well. Computers (including laptops) used while conducting business are other things that require firewall protection.
- Download and install software updates for your operating system: The updates come regularly which help you correct security problems and improve functionality; download and install them when available. OR, you can also configure all software to install such updates automatically.
- Back up your data: This is essential, and it is of vital importance that you do it regularly. We recommend a robust backup and disaster recovery be in use with all businesses.
- Control physical access to your computers and network components: Don’t let unauthorized individuals use business computers; and keep laptops, which are vulnerable to theft, away from danger by locking them up when not in use.
- Secure your Wi-Fi network: Make sure it is secured with passwords and its name is hidden (or not broadcasted). Don’t forget to change the administrative password that was on the device when it was first purchased.
- Provide employees with separate accounts: Each employee must be given a separate account that is protected with a strong password, and provide administrative privileges only to trusted IT staff and key personnel.
- Limit employee access and authority: Employees should be given access only to specific data systems they need to do their jobs, not the entire data system; and they should seek permission before installing any software.
- Regularly change passwords: Change passwords regularly, at least once in every three months.
Do you have questions about your IT security and how you can protect your business? ASysTech is here to help you. We consult with many small businesses throughout the Orlando area, helping many deal with day-to-day IT needs, as well as keeping their business information as secure as possible. Contact our team of Orlando IT professionals today for your no obligation review of business IT needs.