On an almost daily basis we turn on the news and hear another story of thieves stealing customer social security numbers from corporations’ computer systems or hackers grabbing  passwords and personal information from social media sites. For companies of all sizes, keeping information safe is a major concern.  

So, what is cybersecurity exactly? Cybersecurity consists of all the technologies and practices that keep computer systems and electronic data safe.

Wondering where to start with your own cybersecurity plan? Here are five steps to take that will greatly help in increasing your business’s cybersecurity.

1. Enforce Strong Password Policies

Passwords are basically the keys that unlock the door to your entire enterprise’s data and sensitive information. It is critical for businesses to communicate the importance of using strong passwords to their employees. In addition, these passwords should be updated quarterly to keep hackers from guessing them. 

2. Use Antivirus Software

A single malware or virus attack can compromise your entire enterprise’s network. This not only puts your information at risk, but also your customer’s. It’s vital to install reputable antivirus software on all devices to detect and remove viruses and other malicious programs that pose a threat. However, antivirus software is only good if you remember to update it regularly.

3. Backup Data Regularly 

Often overlooked, regular backup of important data and the storage of such backups plays a crucial role in protecting against data loss due to cyberattacks, hardware failures, or natural disasters. 

4. Implement a Firewall

Firewalls provide protection against outside cyber attackers by shielding your computer or network from malicious or unnecessary network traffic. Firewalls can also prevent malicious software from accessing a computer or network via the internet.

5. Train your Team

Most importantly, educate and train your employees on cybersecurity risks.  Whether you need formal training or a monthly email with cybersecurity tips and tricks, any awareness and training can impact behavior and create a positive change in how you view cybersecurity. (Pro tip: make it interactive so it’s more fun!)

Cybersecurity should be a top business priority. When companies get hacked, it not only violates your confidential information, it can also ruin relationships with customers and even place businesses in significant legal jeopardy.