October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. During this month, The Department of Homeland Security’s campaign Stop.Think.Connect, encourages organizations to take steps to protect their data against cyber crime. By implementing these 7 simple steps to protect against a data breach throughout your organization, your small business can safeguard their information and data.
Did You Know?
Cyber crime as a whole is costing organizations $11.7 million per year on average. By far, the most expensive form of cyber crime is malware, which costs around $2.4 million. Next, web-based attacks at around $2 million and then other smaller-scale cyber crimes such as phishing attacks and malicious code costing more than $1 million.*
7 Steps to Protect Your Data
Here are steps your business needs to take to protect against a cyber-attack.
- Keep Clean Machines. Make sure all of your organization’s computers are equipped with antivirus software and anti-spyware. This software should be updated regularly.
- Provide Firewall Security. Secure your Internet connection by using a firewall, encrypt information, and hide your Wi- Fi network.
- Set-up Security Policies: Establish and train employees on security practices and policies to protect sensitive information. Hold employees accountable to the Internet security policies and procedures.
- Require Strong Passwords: Require employees to use strong passwords and to change them often. Do not share passwords with anyone and never write them down or leave them on desks.
- Limit Employee Access: Control access to data and information, and limit authority to install software. Do not provide any one employee with access to all data systems.
- Backup Regularly: Make backup copies of important business data and information. Regularly backup the data on all computers. Critical data includes word processing documents, electronic spreadsheets, databases, financial files and human resources files.
- Destroy Physical Documents: Confidential files thrown in recycling bins, old hard drives, USB Sticks, CD’s and old Cell Phones is the leading cause of a data breach. Using a reputable document management company to manage your paper shredding and hard drive destruction is key to protecting your information
Start Protecting Your Business
Let Shark Shredding help protect your business data. Learn more about how we can safeguard your private information with paper shredding and hard drive destruction. Contact us to get a free quote at 708-388-0011.