Security for small businesses doesn’t have to be complex. In fact, there are many tricks you can leverage to not only identify possible vulnerabilities but even fix yourself! We’ve compiled a list of the top ways you can identify vulnerabilities and how to fix them.
Vulnerability 1: Too much Access
As much as we’d like to think people have the best of intentions, the reality is, that isn’t always the case. To protect your business, make sure you limit the level of access different employees have, to better protect what information they can see or share.
The simple way to check is by doing an audit of all your accounts to see who has been granted access to what. This is especially important now, given the volatility of the job market and being able to remove disgruntled ex-employees access.
Vulnerability 2: No Routine Maintenance
Security isn’t something that ever stops. It’s always evolving. As hackers are coming up with new ways to steal information, systems are coming up with more advanced protocols to keep your data protected.
In this never-ending game of cat and mouse, be sure to routinely check up on basic things like software and firmware updates, password strength, employee knowledge and more.
Vulnerability 3: BYOD
Work-from-home = home computers, personal cellphones, and other devices employees might turn to, to make working from home feel productive. Unfortunately, this can leave your business at risk as many personal computers or home-networks don’t bring the same level of security as your office devices.
Vulnerability 4: Poor IT Management
For many businesses, having an entire IT team just isn’t feasible.
However, by not having a strong foundation from the start, you’re leaving your business open to attackers who can easily access your data.
Given we are living in an era where stress and distractions are at an all time high, common attacks that are exploited due to these vulnerabilities include DoS attacks, ransomware, and phishing.
Our advice – consult the experts.