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5 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from a Cyber Attack

5 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from a Cyber Attack

A cybersecurity breach can quickly derail any small business and most companies find themselves ill-prepared to handle an attack. To best protect your small business, you will want to work with a technology company that can manage your firm’s security needs. There are also best practices you and your company can follow to boost security.

Protect Your Small Business by Training Employees

Hackers these days create sophisticated emails that look legitimate as a way to break into a company’s networks. These phishing emails can cause havoc, so teach employees to spot them. The simple rule of thumb is that if an email looks suspicious, don’t open it. Send a note to IT alerting them of the issue and never send sensitive information like account numbers over email.

Backup Everything in a Second Location

Never backup a file on your network, instead leverage a secondary cloud source. That way, if your data is compromised, you will have a safe option. Some providers will back up your network every day, and some will do it every hour – or quicker – based on your needs.

Require Password Updates and Two-Factor Authentication

It may annoy employees, but you should require them to change passwords at least every three months, if not sooner. Also, make sure your system does not allow them to reuse passwords. Two-factor authentication, where an employee must enter a code sent to a separate device, can also help limit unwanted attacks.

Limit Employee Access as Needed

Not all employees will always need access to all files. By limiting authority on who has access to what data, employers can greatly reduce the number of possible entry points for hackers.  Employees should only be able to access the files they need to do their job. This will make it more difficult for a hacker to gain entry to sensitive files, even if they can take control of an employee’s identity.

Provide Additional Security to Wireless Networks

Hackers today can easily break into wireless networks that don’t have the proper safety protocols. To help deter hackers, make sure your networks are encrypted and hidden, using a Service Set Identifier (SSID) that doesn’t broadcast a signal’s name.

Teltek Can Help Protect Your Company

Teltek offers a proprietary approach to meeting any business’s needs and wants to help your company integrate the right cybersecurity solutions into your business workflows. If you are ready to learn more about Teltek or our cybersecurity offerings, contact us today for a free consultation at 1-866-9-TELTEK or 410-552-6580.

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