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Tips for Keeping Your Small Business Safe from Cyber Crime

With the growth of social media and the use of mobile technology small business is more susceptible than ever to cyber attacks. Many of our technological trends that can help build business make us vulnerable to cyber crime, as security technology tries to keep pace with a growing and sophisticated pack of cyber crooks. The last thing you want is the theft of your customer or employee information offered up for sale in black-market chat rooms.  For more information see: Measuring trust in private security

Cyber threats can range from simple physical theft of a device to sophisticated malware. The weak link in the chain can be an individual within the business that unknowingly allows access through posting personal information online in a social environment. So, what are some simple steps you can take to help keep your small business information secure?

  1. Keep your antivirus and malware protection up to date. Resource Center
  2. Train your staff to be aware of the threats that exist in both the business and social environment. Training and Resources
  3. Use strong and effective passwords in your organization and change them on a regular basis. 25 Worst Passwords
  4. Never open suspicious emails with attachments or links from unverified email senders.
  5. Allow employees only access to what they need.

Security for your business is a fact of life that cannot be ignored and the information above is just the tip of the iceberg.  You may require professional attention based on your risk and your current state of readiness for cyber criminals. Small business needs a level of cyber security protection just as much as the large corporations, for you, your employees, and your customers. It could be in your best interest to secure the services of an IT security professional to help with your IT security needs.

Resource for cyber security: http://www.US-CERT.gov

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