Get cyber savvy - part five

Get cyber savvy
Get cyber savvy

What can be done?

The Federation of Small Businesses has compiled a checklist of ten things small businesses must ensure they are doing to cover the basics. If in doubt, seek professional advice – this issue affects firms of all sizes and at the rate it is spreading businesses can’t afford not to be protected.

· Implement a combination of security protection solutions (anti-virus, anti-spam, firewall(s))

· Carry out regular security updates on all software and devices

· Implement a resilient password policy (minimum eight characters, change regularly)

· Secure your wireless network

· Implement clear and concise procedures for email, internet and mobile devices

· Train staff in good security practices and consider employee background checks

· Implement and test backup plans, information disposal and disaster recovery procedures

· Carry out regular security risk assessments to identify important information and systems

· Carry out regular security testing on the business website

· Check provider credentials and contracts when using cloud services