6 Internet Security Best Practices for Small Business Networks

2013 was without a doubt a year of high profiled cyber security scams.  First, there was the massive data security breach of Target that impacted more than 70 million customers. Months later, Neiman Marcus’ computer systems were compromised. The fact is…..security breaches can be quite costly and devastating – especially for small businesses.

Here is an infographic from Security Tracker that shows the state of cyber security for small business:

http://www.securitymagazine.com/SecurityTracker

http://www.securitymagazine.com/SecurityTracker

 

How to Keep Your Small Business Network Secure from Internet Security Threats?

To keep your small business data secure, here are 6 internet security best practices you should make use of in your business:

1. Educate your employees about network security. This is the one of the most effective ways to keep your business data safe. Your employees need to understand the significance of safeguarding your small business data and information.

2. Implement and enforce a strong password policy for your computer systems. It is best to establish a set of guidelines for your employees that outline the criteria they should use to create “secure passwords

3. Encourage your employees to report strange or unusual behavior on their computer systems – immediately.

4. Create a set of internet security policies that your employees need to abide by. These policies should detail the consequences of violating your internet security policy.

5. Use Virus and Malware protection on every computer system used in your small business.

6. Backup your important data and files. There are a ton of options to choose for small business backup such as Network Attached Storage Devices and Online Backup.

If you need help creating an internet security policy for your small business, you should check out this nifty tool called the FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0 that will help you create documentation for your small business.

Stay Safe yall!

Chic Geek
 

Kim "The Chick Geek" is the founder of Small Business Sense and Websites4SmallBiz. Small Business Sense shares small business ideas, tips and resources for independent Entrepreneurs and Small Business owners.

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