Small business owners need to understand that they are the perfect target for cyber-attacks. Statistics prove so. According to the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), 43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses, because of the lack of resources and knowledge in this sector it’s easier for criminals to steal their data and money. As a business owner, one of your challenges is to decrease the opportunity of getting breached. One of the best ways to do so is by creating a cybersecurity culture in your organization. This will show all of your staff and managing teams to identify a possible cyber-attack (phishing email, fraudulent website) and report it.
3 Best Practices to Create a Cybersecurity Culture in your Organization
The first thing you need to understand is that passwords are the most vulnerable aspect of a computer network, the problem is they are not handled the right way. People usually write their passwords on post-its and leave them on their desktops where anyone can see them. Think about all the information someone could access with just one password… that’s why they must be handled responsibly!
Our recommendation for creating strong passwords is using an end-to-end encrypted password manager to generate a random password to each account you might have. These passwords are far more secure as they are not easily memorable.
Besides creating a password policy and asking all your staff to use it, you add another layer of security by adding multi-factor authentication to your accounts.
Multi-factor Authentication is a security practice requiring two or more forms of authentication before you access your account. In other words, MFA requires you to submit code or use biometrics after providing your password, the good thing about this practice is that these codes quickly expirate which makes it harder for hackers to access your information.
Most cybersecurity incidents in small businesses occur when someone from your staff clicks a malicious link or engages in other risky behaviors. You can reduce these risks by implementing an annual cybersecurity awareness program that educates all of your employees in terms of password management, phishing and email-based scams, file and data sharing, remote working and physical security.