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Keeping your business safe from cyber crooks needs to be a team effort.

It takes clear policies, a well-trained staff and daily attention to keep computers and mobile devices protected from incidents that could affect your company and your customers.

Here are some important things you can do:

Make sure your have clear policies

  • Have written guidelines and update them regularly.
  • Be clear about cyber security expectations.
  • Develop a policy for using strong passwords.
  • Identify what data needs to be backed up and how often that happens, just in case there is a problem.
  • Give employees their own user accounts and set access permissions based upon what they need to do.
  • Update operating systems and software regularly.
  • Don’t forget mobile devices.

Train your staff

  • That includes employees, managers AND executives.
  • Have training sessions for new staff and regular refresher sessions.
  • Be clear about what to be aware of and how to keep devices and communications safe.

Be careful every day

  • Don’t download files or click on link from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Be wary about what you post on social media. That’s data crooks could use.
  • Sign out when you’re away from your desk.
  • Report loss of a laptop or mobile device right away.
  • Don’t share user names and passwords.
  • Don’t use unknown flash drives.

Clear expectations and education can keep your systems safe from cyber crime.