SMALL BUSINESS IT SECURITY IS ESSENTIAL
IT security for small businesses should be an essential part of any business operations.
Make no mistake: cybercriminals do not ignore small businesses.
Large companies can sometimes result in huge payouts, but they’re also protected behind multiple levels of security. Small businesses make excellent targets because thieves know so few of them have adequate IT security.
SMALL BUSINESS IT SECURITY STARTS WITH VIRUS PROTECTION
Virus protection is an absolute necessity. Virus protection keeps a wide variety of harmful code (known as malware) out of your network.
Malware can be everything from annoying to catastrophically destructive. It can slow a computer down, open the computer’s data up to hackers, or destroy data entirely.
Do not trust your business to free virus protection software. While free products may scan for malware adequately, they lack the range of services offered by quality commercial versions, such as ongoing (real-time) scanning of incoming data, rather than periodic checks of files already on your computer or network.
Your business cannot go without a data backup program. There are plenty of ways to lose data: hardware failure, user error, theft of hardware, deliberate sabotage, etc. Data is an integral part of your business, and losing it can be a calamity.
The solution can be as simple as an on-site backup server; however, if something happens to the physical location, both your primary and backup systems can be compromised. An off-site location is ideal, often through a cloud service.
And remember, too, no IT security solution is complete without a firewall, which acts to keep unauthorized users out of your computers and networks.
IT SECURITY: PEOPLE AND POLICIES
IT security for small businesses is about more than hardware and software. It is also about the people who manage those things. All software, not just that which is associated with security, needs to be regularly updated. Updates patch holes that hackers may have exposed. Having out-of-date software gives hackers an easy in to your systems.
Enforcing a password policy requiring strong passwords to be regularly updated is another way small business owners can enrich their own IT security. No one enjoys remembering new passwords, but they’re an important component in keeping the wrong people out of your data.
No one leaves the door to their small business unlocked; everyone understands the value of physical possessions and the threats that face them — IT security is no different.
IT Security: take the next step
Your data is valuable, and its theft or destruction can be ruinous. Don’t leave it unguarded. Find out what you need to provide adequate security for your small business — call CMIT Solutions of Stamford at (203) 595-9091 or complete the form on this page.