Cyber incident prevention best practices for small businesses

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As a small business owner, you may think you are “too small” to be the target of cybercrime because you aren’t a giant, multimillion-dollar company. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although the media mainly focuses on attacks on big businesses, small businesses are low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals. In this blog post, you’ll learn the incident best practices for small businesses to protect your business from the claws of cybercriminals. Cybercriminals know that small businesses are less likely to have strong security measures, making it easier to breach their data. In this blog post, you’ll learn the steps to protect your business from the claws of cybercriminals.

Follow these cyber incident prevention best practices

While there is no silver bullet for preventing all incidents, some best practices can help you reduce the risk of falling victim to a cyberattack.

1.     Ensure your cybersecurity policy supports remote work. When implementing a cybersecurity policy supporting remote work, consider the following: 

  • How will employees access company resources off-site?
  • What security measures should be put in place to protect company data? 
  • How will remote employees collaborate and share data? 

Additionally, you should identify support mechanisms to help employees struggling to adjust to remote work. By considering these factors, you can create a cybersecurity policy that is productive, seamless, and secure.

2.     Provide cybersecurity awareness training for employees. Implementing a security awareness training program for employees is critical in today’s digital age. As a responsible business executive, you must ensure the program is comprehensive, engaging and adaptable to new threats. 

3.     Deploy software patches. As technology advances, threats to your network security become more prevalent. That’s why it’s critical to keep your software up to date with the latest security patches. There are two different ways to keep your software up to date. One way is to set your software to update automatically, while the other is to check for updates regularly and manually.

4.     Have active antivirus and antimalware protection. Numerous antivirus and antimalware solutions are available on the market—select one that is appropriate for your company. When doing so, consider your company’s size, the type of data you need to safeguard, and your budget. Once you’ve decided on a solution, follow through with it. This includes installing and updating it on all your company’s computers.

5.     Implement multifactor authentication (MFA). Multifactor authentication is a security measure requiring users to provide more than one form of identification when accessing data, thus reducing the chances of unauthorized data access,  including something that the user knows (like a password), something that the user has (like a security token) or something that the user is (like a fingerprint).

6.     Use a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN encrypts your company’s data and allows you to control who has access to it. It can help prevent data breaches and keep your company’s information safe. However, make sure to choose a reputable provider that offers robust security features.

7.     Deploy single-sign-on (SSO) and password management. A single-sign-on solution can make your users’ login process more accessible by allowing them to log in once to a central system and access all the other required applications and systems. It can make the login process more efficient for them.

In addition to SSO, a password management solution simplifies the user login process by allowing them to manage their passwords more securely and efficiently.

8. Encrypt your data. Data encryption converts information into code that only a key can decipher. It prevents unauthorized individuals from accessing the information. Data encryption is a critical tool in cybersecurity since it can help reduce your data’s exposure to risks and ensure compliance with data privacy regulations.

9.     Have backup and disaster recovery solutions. It is critical to have backup and disaster recovery solutions in place in case of system failure or data loss. Research the different options and find the best solution for your company. Test them regularly to ensure they are working correctly. Your cyber liability insurance could depend on them.

You may not have the time or expertise to implement effective cyber incident prevention best practices. However, you can leverage our experience to build a digital fortress around your business by partnering with us.

Today’s businesses must have a solid incident response plan against ever-evolving cybersecurity threats. However, to build an effective response plan, you need expertise, resources and advanced tools. Consider leveraging the support of a service provider like us. Not only can we secure and optimize your network, but also help your business achieve sustained growth. Ready to transform your network challenges into opportunities? Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation at

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Terry Cutler

I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Internet Safety University, an educational system helping to defend corporations and individuals against growing cyber threats. I’m a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the founder of Cyology Labs, a first-line security defence firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada. In 2020, I wrote a bestselling book about the secrets of internet safety from the viewpoint of an ethical hacker. I’m a frequent contributor to National & Global media coverage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and social network dangers families and individuals face daily.