Keeping your information secure and learning how to recover from an attack may seem impossible, but we have a quick top ten list to get your started:
- Equip your business and personal computing devices with antivirus software & antispyware. Make sure you set up automatic updates.
- Secure your networks by using firewalls & encrypting information.
- Establish security policies to protect sensitive information.
- Educate your employees about cyber risks and hold them accountable.
- Use strong passwords (hint: best practice is to use a passphrase). Change these passwords often and consider using multifactor authentication.
- Employ best practices on payment cards by isolating payment systems from other less secure systems.
- Create a mobile device action plan and set procedures for lost or stolen equipment.
- Control physical access to computers & network components by unauthorized useres.
- Make backup copies of important business data & information. This will help minimize losses if your system is hacked by “ransomware.” Determine how much information you can stand to lose: 1 day’s worth? 1 week? 1 month?
- Protect all pages on your public-facing websites, not just checkout and sign-up pages.