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Internet Security- A grim issue for small business

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For a gigantic economy of America, businesses of small size are the chief contributors and growth determiners. According to some recently collected statistics from Small Business Administration of America, there have been more than 27 million small businesses operating currently in America. Handling financial data, dealing with intellectual property and personally identifiable information, it is highly significant for a small sized business to ensure that the data it deals with regularly, stays secure and protected.

Not just a small size business, but every company-big or small, corporations and every individual should realize that internet security is not just an issue;
it’s a grim responsibility and a general risk affecting both the corporate and the global world.
When we talk about a cyber security plan that every business needs in this modern age, we’re not only referring to the installation and proper implementation of security programs, establishing a whole infrastructure but it also covers the pre-established relationships in the government and law enforcement sector- someone who you can give a call to, if anything unfavorable happens. Practicing a comprehensive security strategy while having a plan in place ensures your customers that you have been maintaining an infrastructure that is utterly responsible and advanced. It ultimately impacts your company brand and customer trust.
In this age of modern technology, cyber security has been at serious take when a great number of hoaxes, scams, malwares and deadly viruses are being designed and infiltrated into the networks of much big and small sized organization. It’s an adversary to deal with and which require proper implementation of security methods and policies.
Here are few tips that you can follow:
After establishing basic security practices to protect your sensitive information, communicate those practices to all your employees. Describe how to protect sensitive customer information and guide them about information handling. Now if you want them to abide by the instructions you laid down about data security, announce the penalties they could be charged to if they deviate from these policies.
You responsibility doesn’t end here. Employee awareness is not the only step that you should take, but installation
All operating system vendors regularly provide patches and updates to their products to correct security problems and improve functionality. Configure all software to install such updates automatically.
Regularly backup the data on every computer used in your business. Critical data includes word processing documents, electronic spreadsheets, databases, financial files, human resources files and accounts receivable/payable files. Backup data automatically if possible, or at least weekly.
Prevent access or use of business computers by unauthorized individuals. Laptops can be particularly easy targets for theft, so make sure they are stored and locked up when unattended.
To hide your Wi-Fi network, set-up your wireless access point or router so it does not broadcast the network name also known as the Service Set Identifier (SSID). In addition, make sure to turn on the encryption so that passwords are required for access. Lastly, it is critical to change the administrative password that was on the device when it was first purchased.
Setup a separate account for each individual and require that strong passwords be used for each account. Administrative privileges should only be given to trusted IT staff and key personnel.
Do not provide any one employee with access to all data systems. Employees should only be given access to the specific data systems that they need for their jobs, and should not be able to install any software without permission.
Passwords that stay the same, will, over time, be shared and become common knowledge to coworkers and can be easily hacked. Passwords should be changed at least every three months.

About Jennifer Garcia

Jennifer Garcia is an Information Security Analyst and Writer at NewSoftwares. You can contact her at jennifer.garcia@newsoftwares.net or follow her on Twitter

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