What you need to consider when it comes to small business IT security?

Keeping your company safe can be plenty of work, but it is not impossible. Get your team on board with the company safe policies listed below. The efforts made by everyone can be the difference between a little incident and a significant costly system hack.

1. Employee training and education

As many as 95 percent of cyberattacks on small companies are attributed to human error. These mistakes happen because humans are not paying enough attention, they are using bad passwords or they simply have a moment where they let down their guard. Regardless of the reason, taking the opportunity to train your employees in basic cybersecurity measures can have a massive influence on lowering overall risk.

You want to ensure workers are learning about the latest threats, the sorts of attacks being used, and what they can do to help prevent them (such as establishing strong passwords). A fantastic cyber training plan takes this one step further and includes hands on drills where workers are sent fake phishing emails.

2. Regularly update software and hardware

Our computers and the applications we use need regular upgrades, these are crucial to ensuring that your system is as safe as possible. These upgrades (also known as patches) are frequently released to repair vulnerabilities which were found within either a piece of hardware or software.

3. Securing your WiFi

Network security is a massive part of keeping your company safe. But when the only thing keeping hackers out of the system is a lazy WiFi password (such as your mother’s birthday), or worse, the system’s default password, then you are essentially leaving your company open to attack.

A weak WiFi password would not be so bad for businesses if, once inside, attackers found their access was restricted. But, more frequently than not, our wireless networks act as the gateway to our business data. The secret is to have strong protection for your system, and for everything that accesses your system, such as Internet of Things (IoT) apparatus, which can make your system open to assault. The IoT includes any device that’s connected to the world wide web, everything from lightbulbs to mobile phones. The issue is a great deal of these devices are relatively easy to crack because they frequently contain poor default protection and, once cracked, they offer access to your internal network.

4. Access control

As stated previously, one of the ways you can limit the harm attackers do when they enter your system is to restrict access. What this signifies is that if a hacker breach your system, they could only access a little part of it. It is kind of like someone breaking in your home, but only being able to get into the lounge room.

You can restrict access by using a role-based access control (RBAC). At its heart, RBAC means that any given user only has access to the elements of the body that they have to perform their job. To put it differently, it is like giving workers keys (or key cards) that just open the doors that they need for work.

5. Backups and disaster recovery

Everybody understands the importance of backup, but it is something which can be tough to remember when it is left up to individual employees. Backups are copies of the vital data inside your system (documents that workers use, network data, client information, etc.) which are stored off the system to be used if something bad happens, an office fire, or storm flooding, for instance.

Regular, automatic backups guarantee that, when something goes wrong, there’s a undamaged, uninfected copy of your company data.

Disaster recovery involves using copies, but there is a bit more to it. A detailed Disaster Recovery Plan contains a complete suite of tools, processes, and policies that allow a company to rapidly respond to cyberattacks, natural disasters, or other events that could shut down a company. A smart policy involves a mixture of practices like routine backups and hazard evaluations to lower the effect of an event.

6 Safety Conscious Staff

The best thing you can do, actually, is to create a culture in your company where every employee embraces security as part of their job. Education plays a massive part in this. However, it’s also making certain everyone within the organization is on the same page.

7. Good password policy

People today know that passwords will need to be strong to work, but effective is difficult to remember and, because of this, people tend to choose things they won’t forget.

The best way to do it is to create a culture about strong passwords. This entails company-wide policies around how often they should be changed, duration, and complexity. Passwords should be changed on a quarterly basis, frequently enough to keep data secure, but not so often people begin reusing them.

8. Physical security

Ensuring the building where your information is kept is secure, is a hugely important part of keeping your company safe. Ensuring that your company is physically protected means no one can enter your building, access your servers, and steal data.

Similar to access control (discussed above), you want to be certain people can only access what they should to do their jobs. The majority of your employees are not likely to require access to the server room, so using a barriers to entry are critical. Simple things like requiring people not only be buzzed in but signed in are also very good security practices.


Even though these tips are all relatively simple, staying on top of everything you need to do to keep your small business safe can be a huge challenge. There are only so many hours in the day and you need to be as focused on running your business as possible (as does your team).

That’s where a managed security services provider (MSSP) can help. An MSSP can handle details like staff training and security drills, ensuring network access is properly restricted, keeping your hardware and software updated, and managing your disaster recovery efforts.

Not only that, but Yowie IT can also ensure your network is proactively monitored 24/7, and that you’re fully compliant with all the regulations that apply to your business or industry. Best of all, they do all that for one low price a month.

If you’re ready to protect your small business from cyberattacks, contact us today.

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