Cybersecurity for Small Business
CYBERSECURITY BASICS: Cyber criminals target companies of all sizes.
Knowing some cybersecurity basics and putting them in practice will help you protect your business and reduce the risk of a cyber attack. PROTECT YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK.
Require strong passwords, A strong password is at least 12 characters that are a mix of numbers, symbols, and capital lowercase letters. Never reuse passwords and don’t share them on the phone, in texts, or by email. Limit the number of unsuccessful log-in attempts to limit password-guessing attacks.
Use multi-factor authentication Require multi-factor authentication to access areas of your network with sensitive information. This requires additional steps beyond logging in with a password — like a temporary code on a smartphone or a key that’s inserted into a computer.
Encrypt devices – Encrypt devices and other media that contain sensitive personal information. This includes laptops, tablets, smartphones, removable drives, backup tapes, and cloud storage solutions.
PROTECT YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK:
Secure your router – Change the default name and password, turn off remote management, and log out as the administrator once the router is set up. Use at least WPA2 encryption Make sure your router offers WPA2 or WPA3 encryption, and that it’s turned on. Encryption protects information sent over your network so it
can’t be read by outsiders.
NIST is the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework helps businesses of all sizes better understand, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risk and protect their networks and data. The Framework is voluntary. It gives your business an outline of best practices to help you decide where to focus your time and money for cybersecurity protection. You can put the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to work in your business in these five areas: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover.