With the onset of high-speed internet, lower prices on quality computers, and highly-effective mobile devices, small businesses are thriving in our current economy. Even though a small business is officially defined as having fewer than 500 people, many have even fewer than that which means that setting up a cyber security framework can be an administrative challenge.
However, despite having fewer employees, small businesses face many of the same online security issues as large corporations. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) realizes the importance and challenge of cyber security for small businesses and provides a helpful, online Cyber Planner that can be customized for your needs. Read through their list of topics that might be of importance to your company and add only those that pertain to you. Then, with the click of a button, the site will generate a custom planner that you can print out and follow.
Personalized Planning Guide
The FCC finds the following topics essential to small business cyber security. Any of these can be added to your personal planning guide which will provide in-depth information on how act on these topics.
- Privacy and Data Security – protecting data handling and data privacy as well as how to collect data online.
- Scams and Fraud – pertaining to online fraud, identity theft, telephone scams, malicious software and more.
- Network Security – for businesses that use computer networks, secure wireless connections, remote access, encryption and more.
- Website Security – as it pertains to web applications, transaction encryption, links, and redirects.
- Email – this topic covers email retention and management, filtering, and employee training of email policies.
- Mobile Devices – add this section to your planner for information on mobile security practices, especially if employees have mobile devices that can access the business network.
- Employees – information on hiring and background checks as well as partner company issues.
- Facility Security – includes security of the company building as well as protection of physical mail, mail security, and even trash disposal.
- Operational Security – this includes data that would be valuable to criminals including operational data or customer data that is personally identifiable.
- Payment Cards – take note of this information if your business accepts credit cards or other electronic payments. You’ll want to know how to best protect and store customer data.
Adding any of the above topics to your planner with give further, in-depth information on how to implement the best practices for that topic. You’ll learn everything from securing your Wi-Fi network to training employees in security basics – including limiting the authority to access information and install software.
Before long, you’ll be off and running your business as it should be run, without having to worry about its future, online security.