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Tips to Keep Your Business Cyber Secure: Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Tips to Keep Your Business Cyber Secure: Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. We know you are busy running a small business and cybersecurity can be complex and overwhelming. Here are some counter-action items you can take to make sure your business is more secure:

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  1. Use two-factor authentication when logging into accounts (i.e. online banking, social media, etc.):

Two-factor authentication, or multi-factor authentication is a security feature that protects an account in addition to a password. This electronic authentication method grants access to an account, website, or application after successfully presenting two (or more) pieces of evidence.

  • One piece of evidence can be the password to the account.
  • The second piece of evidence could be entering a code from a text message or authenticator app.
  1. Beware of malware:

Malware is a file or program and that may harm the computer user, and cause a breach of data security. Some types of malwares are: ransomware, spyware, command and control, virus, worms and trojan horse.

How to prevent a malware attack:

  • Regularly update systems, software, and applications.
  • Encrypt your data.
  • Educate employees through security awareness training.
  • Regularly backup data.
  • Control physical access to your computers and create user accounts for each employee.
  • Limit employee access to data and information, limit authority to install software.
  1. Prepare for an insider threat.

An insider threat is an individual from within the business such as a current/former employee, contractor, or partner that poses a security risk. These threats keep rising despite improvements and developments of cybersecurity tools.

Some ways to protect your business against insider threats:

  • Limit employee access to data that is absolutely necessary to perform their job functions.
  • Control offboarding process to prevent a disgruntled employee from acting maliciously.
  • Provide security awareness training.
  • Regularly back up data in a worst-case scenario.

The post Tips to Keep Your Business Cyber Secure: Cybersecurity Awareness Month appeared first on University of Scranton Small Business Development Center ( SBDC ).

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