By Brett Snider, Esq.
Cybersecurity should be one of your business’ highest priorities, yet many employers think that just changing your password regularly is sufficient.
While it’s certainly wise to cycle your passwords frequently and avoid public Wi-Fi, there are some less obvious ways for businesses to thwart future cyberattacks.
Savvy business owners should check out these three cybersecurity tricks you may not have considered:
1. Remote Tracking and Wiping.
With businesses more and more likely to issue smartphones to their employees, it’s imperative that the data on these mobile devices does not fall prey to cyberattack — or even just garden variety theft. Andrew Hoog, CEO of Viaforensics, told Forbes that companies that issue Android or iPhone devices to employees should be able to “remotely lock, tack, or wipe your phone from anywhere in the world.”
On iOS devices it is the “Find My iPhone” feature, and on Android devices, these features are located in the device manager. Legislators nationwide are already pushing for these features on all smartphones, with preliminary data showing they cut down on robberies and thefts.
Need legal advice on how your small business should operate? Consult with an experienced business attorney about your options.
2. Require Cybersecurity From Vendors.
Sure, you may have your cyberducks in a row, but what about the third-party vendors who have access to your business and customer data?
After the fallout from Target’s data leak last holiday season, your business does not need a vendor to be the weak link in your cybersecurity. To ensure vendors are secure, you may wish to add certain cybersecurity requirements to your vendor contracts or even ask for proof of implementation from a potential new vendor.
3. Communicate, Innovate with Your IT Department.
Depending on your industry, your management’s personal experience with computers may vary from that of an expert to a babe in the woods. Whether a business has an in-house IT department or the position has been outsourced, employers should lean on these tech professionals for new ways to promote cybersecurity. This may mean more regular email/web safety training with staff or even running cybersecurity “drills.”
By fostering a healthy channel of communication with your IT squad early on, business owners will be less likely to scramble when a cyberattack occurs.
These tricks aren’t that difficult to implement, but they may mean major changes for your business’ cybersecurity.
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