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Cyber Security: Where To Start For SMB Owners

As a small to medium-sized business owner, it's essential to prioritise cybersecurity to protect your people, profits, and reputation.

But with so many options and technical terms, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

Here are some steps you can take to get started on improving your company's cybersecurity:

1. Develop a cybersecurity plan

    Start by creating a plan that outlines the steps you will take to protect your business from cyber threats. This plan should include the following:

    • Identifying the types of data and systems that need protection
    • Establishing policies and procedures for employees to follow to help prevent cyber attacks
    • Identifying the potential risks and vulnerabilities that your business faces
    • Determining the appropriate level of security for your business 2.

    2. Train your employees

    Your employees are the first line of defense against cyber attacks.

    Make sure they understand the importance of cybersecurity and how to recognise and prevent potential threats. Provide regular training and reminders about safe online practices, such as strong password management and avoiding suspicious emails or links.

    3. Implement technical controls

    There are various technical controls you can put in place to protect your business from cyber threats. These include:

    • Installing and regularly updating anti-virus software
    • Using firewalls to block unauthorised access to your network
    • Enabling two-factor authentication for all accounts, encrypting sensitive data

    4. Regularly assess and update your security

    Cyber threats are constantly evolving, so it's important to regularly assess your cybersecurity measures and update them as needed.

    This includes conducting regular security audits and penetration testing (ethical hacking) to identify vulnerabilities, as well as keeping your software and systems up to date with the latest patches and security updates.

    By taking these steps, you can help protect your people, profits, and reputation and ensure that your company's sensitive information and assets are secure.

    Remember, cybersecurity is an ongoing process, so it's important to stay vigilant and continuously assess and update your security measures.

    For more cybersecurity tips and techniques for small to medium businesses, why not tune into the Cyber Heroes Podcast where we talk about how to protect your people and reputation, strengthen your cyber posture, create a culture of cyber savviness, and the many cybercrime lessons being learned around the world every day?