The White House has named the month of October National Cyber Security Awareness Month. With recent data breaches of Home Depot, Target and Jimmy Johns it seems like there is a new data breach in the news weekly. There are some steps that you can take to protect your business from a cyber attack.
10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks
1.Train employees in cyber security principles.
2.Install, use and regularly update antivirus and antispyware software on every computer used in your business.
3.Use a firewall for your Internet connection.
4.Download and install software updates for your operating systems and applications as they become available.
5.Make backup copies of important business data and information.
6.Control physical access to your computers and network components.
7.Secure your Wi-Fi networks. If you have a Wi-Fi network for your workplace make sure it is secure and hidden.
8.Require individual user accounts for each employee.
9.Limit employee access to data and information, and limit authority to install software.
10.Regularly change passwords.
In addition to the listed tips, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides a tool for small businesses that can create and save a custom cyber security plan for your company, choosing from a menu of expert advice to address your specific business needs and concerns. It can be found at http://www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner.
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A data breach could cripple your small business, costing you thousands or millions of dollars in lost sales and/or damages. Contact AssureSouth today. We have the tools necessary to ensure you have the proper coverage to protect your company against losses from cyber attacks.