National Small Business Week: 10 Best Practices for Small Business Cybersecurity

National Small Business Week: 10 Best Practices for Small Business Cybersecurity

A recent survey conducted by CNBC and Momentive found that 56% of small business owners are not concerned about being the victim of a cyberattack in the next year and that only 28% of them have a response plan in place in case of a cyberattack. This does not bode well for their longevity, as other industry data shows that 60% of small businesses that suffer a data breach will be out of business within six months. The high cost of remediation and the potential for reputational damage can be more than most small businesses can withstand.

Many times, the issue is sheer size and staffing. Small businesses rarely have the capacity to hire a full-time cybersecurity professional, and the basic blocking and tackling of securing an organization can be overlooked, resulting in weak defenses that are vulnerable to even the less sophisticated or targeted cyberattacks.

In honor of National Small Business Week, we’ve compiled a list of tips for small businesses to better secure their organizations from some of the more common threats they face.

Below are 10 best practices organizations should be employing to better position themselves and their customers for cyber safety.

Endpoint security – mobile device management (MDM) policies, antivirus (AV) solutions, URL filtering and blocking are all considered good cyber hygiene to block the most basic cyber threats.
Proper access management – restricting administrative rights for “least privilege access” so only the right IT team member/s has the power to add new application access for users. Turning off this kind of access when emplo ..

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