20 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

Protecting your small business against cyber crime should be your top priority. If you don’t have proactive security measures in place to protect your IT network, it’s only a matter of time before it will be attacked. Below are 20 cybersecurity tips for small businesses. Continue reading to ensure your business has the protection it needs to avoid a devastating data breach.

Security Tip #1 – Use Strong Passwords – The most commonly used method for hacking accounts is password spraying, which only works when passwords are weak.

Security Tip #2 – Don’t Feed The Fish – 64% of businesses experienced phishing and social engineering attacks in 2019.

Security Tip #3 – Train For Awareness – 32% of breaches involve phishing – phishing awareness and education are some of the best ways to decrease risk.

Security Tip #4 – Scan The Dark Web – 64% of Americans have never checked to see if they were affected by a data breach.

Security Tip #5 – Be Wary Of Mobile Apps – In 2018, an average of 10,573 malicious mobile apps were blocked per day.

Security Tip #6 – Use Two-Factor Authentication – 2FA can stop the vast majority of current account hacking attempts.

Security Tip #7 – Focus On Cyber Hygiene – Most cybersecurity issues can be addressed by correcting the fundamentals.

Security Tip #8 – Think Before Clicking– Any email or SMS link could be hiding malicious code.

Security Tip #9 – Create A Training Plan – Staff cybersecurity training should begin at onboarding.

Security Tip #10 – Bring In Experts – IT security professionals bring the tools and expertise needed to lock down your business.

Security Tip #11 – Recognize And Reward – Acknowledge employees who report phishing emails or other attacks.

Security Tip #12 – No Business Is Too Small – Breaches affect organizations of all sizes.

Security Tip #13 – Encrypt Your Data – This adds an extra layer of security should your data ever be compromised.

Security Tip #14 – Test Your Backups – Make sure you can rely on your recovery solution.

Security Tip #15 – Verify Financial Transactions – Check with the CFO or manager before sending funds or changing payment arrangements.

Security Tip #16 – Stick To Trusted Networks – Restrict business devices from using public wifi networks.

Security Tip #17 – Purge Stale Data – Data that’s no longer needed adds unnecessary risk to exposure or breach.

Security Tip #18 – Stay Up To Date – Follow cybersecurity trends and breaking news so that you can stay prepared.

Security Tip #19 – Monitor Personal Devices – If employees use them to access company data, they need to be monitored, protected, and kept updated.

Security Tip #20 – Get A Cyber Audit – Only a cybersecurity expert can truly evaluate your business’ cybersecurity posture.

At mPowered IT, we have the experience and solutions needed to keep you safe through this year’s challenges and beyond. To learn more reach out to us at 678-389-6200 or schedule a free zero obligation consultation here.