Ask SCORE: Cybersecurity tips to protect your small business | Business News

QUESTION: I am concerned with the recent rash of cybertheft and ransomware activity. What can a small business with limited resources do to protect itself?

ANSWER: The Benjamin Franklin axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as true today as it was then.

Consider the following key cybersecurity tips to protect your small business. Once you’ve assessed where you stand in terms of cybersecurity protection, you can get started on fixing your weakest links. You should create a strategy that you can implement in a worst-case scenario to minimize losses as much as possible.

1. Your employees are the first line of defense in protecting your business from cyberthreats.

Educate them regarding basic security practices, including strong computer passwords that should be changed every three months.

Also, educate them about never opening unfamiliar attachments. Make sure a separate user account is created for each employee.

2. Employees should be given access only to the specific data systems that they need to perform their jobs.

3. Administrative privileges should only be given to trusted IT staff and key personnel, and no one should be allowed to install software without permission.