Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Organizations

Published on : 20 May 2022

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Organizations

Cyber security is an important aspect and an integral part of any online business. The layperson has little idea of what threats exist and how to protect against them. And yet, if you own a business you are almost definitely vulnerable to cyber security threats.  You don’t need to be a Fortune 500 company to protect against them. By knowing what to do, you can keep your data secure and avoid breaches. In this article, let us take a look at several ways how you can maintain the best cyber security practices for your small business. 

Backup Your Data

Businesses big and small should always practice maintaining a backup of their data. Not only is this easy to do thanks to the cloud, but it can also be life-changing in the event of a security compromise or system crash. How long would it take your business to recover from losing all of its files? Without backups, you might spend months trying to put out fires and track down old information.

Even then, you will never completely recover from the damage. With cloud-driven backups, recovering information takes place in a matter of moments, with little to no effort on your part. Cloud backups also make it easy to update hardware or access important information from anywhere in the world. 

Good Security Practices

Not every security concern has a software-driven solution. The best security programs in the world won’t do much good if you don’t have good cyber security practices in place. This means maintaining password privacy. Requiring multi-step verification processes to access business systems, and also just being on the lookout for bad actors.

Some of the worst security breaches in human history have happened from small mistakes like opening a phishing email. Once a hacker gets into your system they can lurk there for years without being detected. You don’t want that. Being mindful of security concerns can help keep your business safe in the long term. Plus, it’s free. 

Regular Updates

As you work to secure your small business data, prioritize system updates. For one thing, cyber threats change regularly. Do you have a smart thermometer that you recently installed? It’s a handy way to reduce energy bills. It’s also a significant point of vulnerability. IoT and other new technologies may help your business run smoothly.

If you are not accounting for them in your security practices you may be vulnerable. Regularly update your firewalls and keep your finger on the pulse of cyber security developments. You never know when a new tool or resource will come out that could be a gamechanger for you and your cyber security needs. 

Consider a Consultant

Finally, consider hiring a security consultant. Larger-scale businesses usually hire full-time cyber security staff. However, this may not be feasible for small-scale organizations for they may have budget constraints. But hiring or collaborating with a consultant can serve as a good alternative.

They will come in, and test your security systems and identify any vulnerabilities in them. For small fixes, like updates, they might perform the solution in real-time. For larger fixes, they will leave you with a list of recommendations for how to strengthen your security. While cyber security consultants can be pricey, they are also one of the most efficient and effective ways of making sure that your data is secure. It is definitely worthwhile investment when you consider just how expensive data breaches can be.

No Longer Optional

Cyber security can benefit a business in terms of marketability. Consumers may be more inclined to shop with a company that has the infrastructure in place to protect their sensitive information. However, this is not to say that good data hygiene is optional.  Good cybersecurity has quickly become the standard, both legally, in the form of fines and other repercussions that can emerge from mishandling data, and socially. Shoppers expect their information to be treated right. If you can’t do it, they will find someone who can. 

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Narendra Sahoo
Narendra Sahoo

Narendra Sahoo (PCI QPA, PCI QSA, PCI SSF ASSESSOR, CISSP, CISA, CRISC, 27001 LA) is the Founder and Director of VISTA InfoSec, a global Information Security Consulting firm, based in the US, Singapore & India. Mr. Sahoo holds more than 25 years of experience in the IT Industry, with expertise in Information Risk Consulting, Assessment, & Compliance services. VISTA InfoSec specializes in Information Security audit, consulting and certification services which include GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, NESA, MAS-TRM, PCI DSS Compliance & Audit, PCI PIN, SOC2 Compliance & Audit, PDPA, PDPB to name a few. The company has for years (since 2004) worked with organizations across the globe to address the Regulatory and Information Security challenges in their industry. VISTA InfoSec has been instrumental in helping top multinational companies achieve compliance and secure their IT infrastructure.