BDaily News recently explored the topic of Cyber Security and how business owners can protect themselves in the digital era.

TALE workshops have covered the latest trends in Cyber Crime to look out for but the article also included some tips, which we are more than willing to share:

 Here is a checklist for small business owners to ensure their safety:

Use a VPN - A VPN, or virtual private network, can be used to provide total security and anonymity while using the internet. Also, a VPN allows you to access work networks remotely and safely. Research VPNs wisely to ensure you are using a reputable service like NordVPN.

Secure your Wi-Fi networks - One of the easiest ways for cyber criminals to get a hold of private information is through an unsecured wireless connection. You need to ensure your workplace Wi-Fi is encrypted and well hidden. You can hide your Wi-Fi by setting up your router so that it does not broadcast your network name. Also, password protect the router.

Use passwords and authentication - It is important that you require your employees to maintain effective passwords that are update frequently. It is even more helpful if there is secondary authentication to ensure that the person entering the password is in fact the employee.

Ensure employees are trained in security - All employees should know the importance of digital security. To ensure that these employees take security seriously there should be consequences for breaking security protocol and company policy.

Provide firewall security - Firewalls are important to digital security as it keeps people outside of the network from accessing data that is on the network. Also ensure that any remote working employees are using a firewall on their system.

Keep machines clean - Keeping machines clean from viruses and malware by having updated security software, web browsers, and operating systems. Also, regularly scan machines for malware or viruses.

Personal device management - If employees use their personal devices to do work or discuss work, insist that those devices are password protected and treated with the same security awareness as the computers.

Have backups - All computers should be consistently backed up. Keeping vital documents backed up ensures quick corrections and repairs in the event of a cyber-attack.

Create user accounts - All devices should be accessed through password protected user accounts. This ensures that all activity can be monitored, and nefarious activity can be appropriately tracked.

Limit data access - No one employee should ever have access to all systems or information. Additionally, no important documents should be in control of one person. A trusted IT professional should be able to access any file in an event of a death or sudden loss of employee.

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