Cyber Security Spring Cleaning for Your Business
Winter’s almost over, we’re well into the new year and you might be looking around at your business and thinking about a Spring refresh. Cyber security however, is far more important than some furnishings or carpet cleaning. In fact, a Cyber Security Spring Cleaning can help keep your small business safe. Get employees on board, too. Choose a slow period or a Friday afternoon and make objectives that could include:
Do a digital de-clutter and clean-up
Take control of documents by going through archives and deleting files that are not necessary. Make backup copies of business data and information, including databases, financial files and accounts receivable/payable files. Store backups off-site, or in the cloud, and limit access. Keep all computers lean and clean with the latest security updates.
Email clutter is rampant and can slow down computers and workers who are always trying to look for an email. Create folders to group email, set to-do reminders in your digital calendar and group conversations to find important emails faster.
Deactivate unused online accounts
As a small business owner, you might have been looking for tools to help you and in the process signed up for online accounts. If you no longer need them, close them as you could be hit with surprise fees or marketing messages, as well as run the risk of information being leaked in the future.
Update those passwords
If you and your employees have been using the same passwords for a while, it’s time to change them. And remember, don’t use the same passwords for multiple sites or software.
It’s a fact of business life now. Some cyber attacks happen from within. One of the most effective practices is to adopt a principle of least privilege. This means all employees should have only the minimum permissions necessary in order to get their work done. This minimizes data access and reduces the risk of data being compromised or shared. Many small businesses are adopting a BYOD (bring your own device) policy. While it may save money, employee-owned mobile devices could mean critical security challenges. For all mobile devices, ensure users password-protect their devices, encrypt their data and install company-sanctioned security apps.
Re-evaluate your smart security needs
Gone are the days when just a burglar alarm would be sufficient for protection. Today, smart security is more important than ever. Updating your security system so that it includes remote intrusion monitoring with perimeter protection and access control for restricted areas. This way, you ensure you are in control of your company headquarters even if you’re not there… simply by checking in from your tablet or smartphone. In the same way, smart video surveillance that monitors employees’ productivity with recorded video clips, analytics that can track customer traffic and transactions, and event alerts and notifications in case of a breach, can all help keep your digital and physical assets safe.
TELUS Secure Business can help keep your business safe with a customized Spring reboot for your security needs. To find out more, call 855.958.8181 to speak to one of our small business experts.
 Data Insider