October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!
Every business knows the importance of keeping sensitive information safe. However, many businesses don’t properly invest enough time or money into safeguarding their valuable data. Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we’ve rounded up a few tips to help your business actively protect data.
Store it safely.
Your business should store data safely, whether it is in the cloud or an offline server. If you have documents on your computer that are unprotected, you could be asking for the files to fall into the wrong hands. Make sure that sensitive information can only be accessed by necessary team members rather than the entire staff. While you’re at it, make sure to back up data often, just in case of a disaster.
Download anti-virus and anti-malware software.
These programs can be incredibly valuable when detecting and identifying harmful files and websites. Make sure all the computers in your business have up-to-date software so that there is a better chance of staying safe.
Create unique passwords.
One of the best ways to prevent strangers from getting access to your accounts is to create strong passwords. Ensure your staff know how to create a strong password (not a name, their username, must contain a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers) and ensure they change their passwords every couple of months.
Secure cyber liability insurance.
Cyber liability insurance is designed to help businesses handle a data breach or cyber-attack by covering related expenses. From the costs associated with notifying your customers, crisis management, public relations, and repairing damaged computer systems, this coverage helps your business get back up on its feet quickly.