You may think it’s not worth their time, but cybercriminals love to target small businesses. These nefarious characters often use small businesses as a gateway to bigger targets. Knowing some cybersecurity basics and putting them into practice will help you protect your business and reduce the risk of a devastating cyber attack.

The Federal Trade Commission has developed a list of 10 critical cybersecurity tips you can put into practice to help protect your business and reduce the risk associated with a cyberattack. Here are three of their Top 10 tips:

1. Update your software
This includes your applications, web browsers, and any operating systems you use. Set updates to happen automatically, if that’s an option available.

2. Secure your files
You should always back up important files offline, on an external hard drive, or in the cloud. Don’t neglect to store your paper files securely, too.

3. Require passwords
This seems obvious, but you should always use passwords for every laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Don’t leave these devices unattended in public places.

The online form below will give you access to download the full report regarding Small Business Cybersecurity Basics and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. The pdf report also contains helpful recommendations for handling Physical Security, Ransomware, Phishing, Business Email Compromise, Tech Support Scams, Vendor Security, Cyber Insurance, Web Hosting, and Secure Remote Access.

Todd Sheppard /// Centriworks Chief Information Officer