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Cybercrime: 5 Ways to Protect Your Small Busine


Cyberattacks are reportedly costing small businesses approximately £3,000 over a two-year period. Companies are not only having to contend with common cyberthreats, but many are also struggling to keep up the level of new threats emerging each year.

While you might not like to imagine a time when your company falls vulnerable to attack, it can happen, and your business will be forced to pay the price if it’s unsecured. Don’t become another cybercrime victim and read the following five steps to take to protect your small business.


  • Employee Training


Employee training could be your company’s first line of defence when it comes to cybersecurity. Yet many small companies are failing to do this properly. Whenever a member of staff joins the business, employees must learn basic cybersecurity training and get to grips with the company’s security policies, so they don’t make a big mistake that could welcome a hacker onto a network.


  • Vet Your Employees


While a business should be able to trust its employees, they also shouldn’t be too trusting when hiring a member of staff. Unfortunately, there could be an unscrupulous candidate who would happily steal or destroy your data. Do your homework on a member of staff before you offer him or her the job. For example, you would be wise to follow up with a reference’s email or phone number independently to confirm a candidate’s background, rather than using the information they provide you, which could be fraudulent. However, it’s imperative your business remains mindful of data protection laws when vetting employees to avoid infringement.


  • Secure Your Cloud Solution


Many people make the mistake of believing a cloud solution is not as secure as a traditional IT deployment. However, most cloud software providers, such as Microsoft’s Office 365, endeavour to provide a platform that’s free from any vulnerabilities, which can avoid data loss. Yet it’s also up to the customer to ensure they comply with the software’s internal policies and regulations for improved security. So, protect your company’s critical data in the cloud by learning more about the different Office 365 DLP security scenarios.


  • Eliminate Excessive Permissions


Sensitive data should remain as private as possible both internally and externally, which is why it’s important for companies of all sizes to aim to eliminate excessive permissions. For instance, if a long-term employee has changed departments or positions, he or she may have more access to data than they do not need for their current role. So, stay on top of which employee has access to specific data, and restrict permissions when required to safeguard your files.


  • Update All Software Regularly


Every member of staff will have software on their office computers, tablets, and smartphones, which will need to be updated regularly. Unfortunately, there is often a few members of staff who believe they are too busy to make an important update, but they could be leaving your network vulnerable to a cyberattack. You must reiterate the importance of updating out-of-date software to ensure every employee has the latest software on their device.

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