1. Maintain security from the start
Creating user accounts quickly and without much thought of security is easily done. However, often these accounts are either used infrequently or forgotten about, and the passwords are weak.
Employ a company password manager tool to ensure all passwords are secure and safe.
2. Create a Formal Plan
Have a formal security plan in place that you can expand and add to as you grow and requires further cybersecurity tools. This proactive approach sets a precedent that gives you a process to adhere to rather than just addressing problems in a reactive way.
3. Implement Best Practices
The quicker your business grows, the harder it becomes to manage Cybersecurity. Implement best practices for security as soon as possible and schedule regular and rigourous testing of the measures you have put in place.
The best defence against attacks and vulnerabilities is an alert team that has developed efficient habits and a sense of suspicion about any new messages.
4. Address Weak Links
Personal devices and tablets are weak links in the security chain. Improve your overall protection by keeping personal devices off the corporate network. As an alternative, set up a separate Wi-Fi network to which employees and guests can connect their devices.
In addition, deploy a strong spam filter and turn off clickable links in emails that come from outside your business. Infected emails often lead to cyber security breaches.
5. Employee Education
Knowing how to spot a cyber security breach is worth more than any cybersecurity system. Make sure your employees are trained to spot such breaches, vulnerabilities, risks and ensure they employ best practices when opening emails, browsing the Internet, dealing with new and external suppliers.
Oftentimes, employees will surf the Internet or answer an email that can compromise your entire system.
6. Obtain Cybersecurity Insurance
The nature of cybersecurity today is such that we recommend this for all our startup clients. Startups and small businesses are paritcualry vulnerable as they are seen as an ‘easy’ route into the supply chain.
You should consider investing in affordable insurance that can also handle a breach in real-time and get your business back online.
7. Change Passwords Frequently
In the early stages of a business, the number of people who know account passwords is usually very small. Because of this, it’s easier to inform those in the know about password changes.
Leverage this by frequently changing passwords to improve your security without running the risk of a communication breakdown. It’s simple, cheap and effective.
8. Identify Your Risk Areas
Review and audit your weaknesses and security risk areas. You might not need to action them immediately, but it in case of a breach you’ll have a ‘map’ of where to go as soon as you’re big enough that cybersecurity measures are an important priority for your business.
9. Create a Simple Security Policy
Integrating your Security policy as part of your recruitment and onboarding process goes a long way in ensuring cybersecurity. Having a one-page security policy that everyone reads and signs upon joining the business will ensure it has the gravitas that it requires.
Simply identifying ‘rules’ such as not emailing sensitive information like passwords or credit card numbers, always logging off from company computers and keeping software updated to the latest versions will minisme your business’ exposure to cyber security breaches.
10. Maintain a Chain of Custody
Record chain of custody and use proper authentication processes. When you’re starting out, it’s easy to not take data security seriously – but your customers put faith in you to protect their information and data.
Restrict data access to only employees who need to access it, and have a log to record who accesses what types of data when. This way, you can easily identify where and when there’s a breach if it occurs.