Getting Started with Small Business Cybersecurity

Regardless of the size of your business, you need to be thinking about small business cybersecurity. Don’t think you are too small to worry about cybersecurity. Even if you are the only one in your business, you should prepare to protect yourself.

Planning is important to prevent a data breach. It’s also important to have a plan to deal with a breach and fix the problems. Part of your plan is how to recover from a breach or another disaster such as a fire. Do you know how to continue operating your business in the event of a loss? How long can your business run without income?

Consider these points when planning your small business cybersecurity. These are the same steps we perform for our clients.

  • Identification – Inventory your assets and procedures. What things do you use to keep your business operating? Identify the most important assets for the function of your business. What is most valuable to criminals? Employee, customer, and payment data? What happens if those hard and soft assets are lost, damaged, or stolen?
  • Protection – Assess what protective measures you already have in place and identify gaps. This can be simple things like how you update software and your anti-virus. It can also include physical security such as locking doors and cameras.
  • Detection – How do you detect problems? Some systems alert you to problems. Do your tools have a way to alert you to attack attempts? Do your cameras alert you to break-in activity? Is there a way for employees to report problems? You can’t respond to a problem if you can’t detect it exists.
  • Response – Detection is only useful if your small business cybersecurity plan can respond. You need to plan a response for each potential problem you have identified. Your plan should identify what happened and how to escalate the issue when you need outside help. A plan helps you recover faster, without making costly mistakes. Remember to practice your plan and look for ways to expand and improve. If a plan doesn’t work out as expected during a test, it’s time to adjust. Be creative and try to think of new situations you haven’t accounted for to test how the plan works. Your plan should take you through the incident and keep your business operating in the short term.
  • Recovery – Once you resolve the threat, you need to know how to return normal operations. This may include the process of finding a new facility in the event of a natural disaster. It may be contacting authorities and taking legal actions against a criminal.

It doesn’t matter if you have hundreds of employees or you’re solo. Your small business cybersecurity is a critical part of your business. Peace of mind comes from knowing you have a plan in place to deal with and recover from threats to your business.

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