Cybersecurity: What works for small businesses?



We’ve all read the headlines and like it or not, they’re not pretty. Cybersecurity is a huge business right now and on the most part, it’s the big companies that grab the news stories for all of their high-profile security breaches.

Does this mean that small businesses are immune from such attacks? Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, they are just as likely to succumb to such threats, for the simple reason that they don’t have the big budgets which are theoretically designed to protect them.

Fortunately, help is at hand. There are plenty network security solution packages available, and this can help your cause no-end. There are also a lot of smaller suggestions that you can implement, which can ultimately make your business a lot more difficult to attack.

It all comes down to employee training

Sure, some security attacks are advanced, and you may have put your team through all the training in the world but it wouldn’t have thwarted the breach.

However, on the whole with small businesses at least, a lot of these breaches come through simple ignorance. They occur thanks to an email being opened where it really shouldn’t, or personal data being supplied on a website where it wasn’t safe to do so (AKA, phishing), a non-UK regulated online casino, for instance.

While these mistakes look fairly simple on paper, they tend to be the most common ways in which hackers will target a company. Train your workers accordingly and you can slash the chances of being targeted in this way.

Don’t let employees use their own devices

It might be regarded as a cost-cutting exercise by some firms, but we really would urge you to be cautious when it comes to an employee’s own devices.

The problem with these devices is that they don’t tend to have any security installed. It means that any email that is read, or attachment that is downloaded, is more likely to get into the wrong hands. This is even more the case if their phone is physically stolen.

Educate on the problems of public Wi-Fi

It’s a Godsend in some regards, but public Wi-Fi isn’t without its faults. On the contrary, this is something which cyber criminals thrive on - they can intercept data at a whim if they desire.

It means that next time you are using the Wi-Fi on the train or in another public place, just be aware that there can be security pitfalls on the network. It means that all employees should be really cautious of the type of work they are doing in public.

It’s not just about technical threats

Sure, some hackers will devise advanced methods to intercept data, but there are other threats that are closer to home so to speak.

If we return to our example of traveling on a train, be aware that somebody can quite simply look over your shoulder and read any passwords or other private data that is on your screen. It again means that you need to be extra diligent in these public places, to ensure that this doesn’t happen.