There are a lot of important things to consider when starting a business. Many business owners don't put enough thought into securing their IT infrastructure from attack. In this post, we'll talk about the steps you can take
April 30, 2021
There are a lot of important things to consider when starting a business. Many business owners don't put enough thought into securing their IT infrastructure from attack. In this post, we'll talk about the steps you can take to build a culture of security at your startup and keep hackers and others with malicious intent from costing you money or damaging your business's reputation.
Anytime a computer is connected to the internet, or even a local area network, it is subject to attack from anyone who can access that network. These attackers can hack into your systems to get personal information about your clients, credit card information from your customers, or trade secrets from your business. Cybersecurity refers to the efforts taken to prevent such attacks.
Cybersecurity for your business doesn't have to be complicated. With just a few simple steps, you can shut down most of the common attacks that your business will face and mitigate the damaging effects should someone manage a successful attack. The 5 items below represent actions every business should take right from the start to keep their networks secure.
1. Secure your Wi-Fi
While it may be tempting to keep an open Wi-Fi network, so anybody can connect to it easily, doing so also allows people you don't want having access to your system to connect easily. Create a password for Wi-Fi access. It's also important to change the administrator password on your router. By default, most companies set their router logins to the username 'admin' with the password 'admin.' This makes it very easy to gain access to a router that hasn't had the password changed.
Nobody is perfect. Not even the developers of software that forms the backbone of your IT infrastructure. Security holes are found constantly in software, and they are constantly being patched. If you keep your software up to date, then you'll be protected from those security holes. However, if you fail to update the software, not only do you have a security hole, but you have one that many people know about. Whenever possible, set your software to automatically update to minimize the chance of missing an important security patch.
Humans are often the easiest target for hackers. If your employees are creating passwords that are too simple, or if they fall for phishing schemes and other social manipulations used by hackers, then all the security in the world won't stop those hackers from gaining access to your system. Part of your onboarding for any relevant employees should be training on basic computer security protocols.
There will no doubt be a lot of employees that need to use your computer systems. Not all of those employees, however, will need access to everything. Every employee should be given access only to the parts of the system that they need to use in order to perform their job effectively. This limits the number of possible security leaks and helps keep your systems more secure should one of those employees fail at basic security measures.
Data loss, be it through malicious hackers or through equipment failure, has been known to bankrupt companies. If you lose all of the data that makes your business run, it simply cannot run anymore. Thanks to the cloud, there are now various ways of automatically backing up your files. It's important that you do so. By using cloud services, you'll be backing them up in a different location, so even natural disasters cannot ruin your data.
If you follow these basics, you'll be off to a good start at keeping your company's infrastructure secure. If you'd like to know more about cybersecurity for your business, schedule a 1 on 1 consultation with Synergy Infosec today. We'll look at your business and help you learn what security threats it may face. Our user-friendly dashboard will help you stay on top of security threats and prevent you from getting hacked. Try out tools and scanners with a free 7-day trial, and get familiar with all the tools and scanners your business needs to continue to stay secure.
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