Cybersecurity Best Practices – In & Out of the Office

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: A Year-Long Effort

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – a time that is dedicated to showcasing how to stay safe online by providing insight and best practices on how to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII), financial and sensitive proprietary data.

The need for proper cybersecurity within the workplace should be a continuous effort throughout the year. With small businesses feeling the brunt of data breach events, many of which are caused by cyberattacks or other security vulnerabilities, a proactive attitude toward cybersecurity risks in the workplace is now more important than ever.

Your employees are ultimately your first line of defense against potential data breaches, and they can make or break your overall business security. However, employees may not realize that protecting business information also means protecting their personal information, too.

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Pro V. Con: BYOD Security Challenges & Concerns

Employees and Personal Devices 

Most employees will bring at least one type of smart device – most likely a smartphone – into the office. In fact, 77 percent of Americans use smartphones, which is why business owners have begun putting Bring Your Own Device, or “BYOD” policies in place.  

BYOD simply means that your business allows employees to bring their personal devices, like laptops and mobile devices, into the workplace. These policies vary depending on your business type, the type of information you store, your employees’ access to that sensitive information and your company’s size and budget. 

No matter what type of business you run, it’s important to consider your company’s BYOD security challenges despite the added benefits to productivity and your bottom line. Join us as we discuss BYOD, how to choose the right program for your business, and ways to improve existing BYOD programs you already have in place.  Continue reading

Why Your Small Business Needs a Password Manager

Passwords in Your Business 

In today’s world, there’s not much you can do to avoid using passwords. Within your small business, passwords are used to protect your sensitive documents, employee, vendor and customer information, as well as trade secrets, business funds and more. 

Criminals will often target your business – a hub of highly sensitive information – over individuals simply because businesses hold larger pools of valuable data. Even if you follow sufficient security standards, change your passwords regularly and incorporate strict password policies, sometimes bad password habits can still slip through the cracks.

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