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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Free Wi-Fi: Customer Perk, Business Risk

Free Wi-Fi & Business Network Security 

As a small business owner, you know that you must keep both your business’ and your customers’ needs in mind. But how do you maintain your business’ security when the goal is to satisfy your customers? 

If your business has regular customer traffic, you may have Wi-Fi needs (i.e. free Wi-Fi network for guests) outside of your internal business operations. Other businesses may solely need Wi-Fi or wired networks for their internal business systems and employees. 

How many networks does my business need? 

No matter what type of business you run, your security goals remain the same: always keep your sensitive business, customer, client and employee data secure. Utilizing networks within your business properly can help you achieve both your business’ internal needs and keep your customers happy. 
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Small Business Security (Pt. 2): Building Your Business Security Program

Employees & Your Business Security Program 

Last month, we discussed the importance of employee security awareness, and how employees play a major role in your overall business security. With threats like phishing, password hacking and data breaches targeting your business, it’s imperative that your employees are not only aware, but also participating in your business security program. 

In Part 2 of our Small Business Security series, we’ll dive into a few key areas of your business security program, ways to implement tools within those areas and how to get your employees up to speed. 
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Small Business Security (Pt. 1): Employee Security Awareness

Employees & Small Business Security 

Let’s face it: without the proper employee security awareness and training put in place, your employees won’t be able to recognize and address the risks that are actively targeting your business. 

Between good password habits, data breaches and business email phishing scams, you have a lot to consider when it comes to your business security. Your employees’ security habits in the office (or lack thereof) can significantly impact your overall business security. 

Follow us through Part 1 of our Small Business Security series where we discuss three major security risks to your small business, and how your employees can make or break your business’ security.  Continue reading