How many small offices have time for complex cybersecurity? They need to get on with the business of generating revenue, bringing in new clients and making sure everything is running as smoothly as possible. But cybersecurity doesn’t have to be complex or time-consuming; it can be simple and straightforward.
Below is a simple cybersecurity checklist for small offices. By considering these points you’ll have a good idea of how cyber secure your business is. For instance, you may identify that sensitive documents are sent via email, and if so it then follows that each email account needs to be protected with strong passwords and two-factor authentication is available.
If you can’t answer some of these questions or are unsure, then these are the areas that you need to look further into. For instance, if you have a database that is connected to the internet, is it protected by strong passwords? Are you using a remote server and if so how is it secured so other people can’t access it?
Identify your critical assets
What information do you have that is critical to your operations? This can include:
- Contact details, emails, calendars, and essential documents.
Where is the information stored?
- Is it on a single machine in your office? Is it on a remote server? Is it stored in the cloud or stored by a third party?
What are your key systems?
- Is it your website, the computers and mobile devices you use?
- Do you have a database and if so how is it protected?
What have you got to lose?
- What would happen if you no longer had access to the assets or systems you’ve identified?
How are your assets/systems being protected?
- How are you protecting your data?
- If you are storing data in the cloud, is the data encrypted?
- Are your computing devices secured with antivirus software?
- If your website is hosted by a third party how is it secured?
It’s important to point out that if you are paying for services from third parties such as a website hosting company or a cloud-based storage service, then it is their responsibility to provide security. This includes encrypting (scrambling) data when it travels to and from your computers so if it is intercepted by a hacker they can’t make sense of it.
Keep in mind email services such as Gmail, while essentially being a cloud service, isn’t a storage service. Of course, if you choose to store your data in a cloud-based email you can do so but your accounts need to be protected with strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
Antivirus protection is as fundamental to cyber protection as a foundation is to a building. But it can be a bit tricky for small businesses. Do you manage antivirus individually on each device or do you use office antivirus that was originally engineered for large enterprises and a later stage scaled down for smaller businesses?
On the surface, this might be a sensible choice, but the problem is that this type of software is typically complex, making management difficult and time-consuming. In contrast, BullGuard Small Office Security is designed specifically for small businesses.
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