By taking simple steps like using strong passwords and regularly updating software, you can help protect your valuable data and assets.
If you need advice on cyber security, government resources like the Australian Cyber Security Centre and the Small Business Cyber Security Guide are a great place to start. For personalised advice or a specific problem, a cyber security mentor from the Digital Solutions - Australian Small Business Advisory Services program can provide expertise tailored to your business security needs. Below is an overview of cyber security for small businesses to get you started.
Types of cyber security
There are a number of different cyber security categories, with different sources breaking down different categories. The main types of cyber security include:
Network security: This refers to your network of computers and other devices. Whether you have a small office or large headquarters space, your network is what helps your team communicate internally. Unfortunately, it’s also what opens your business up to external hackers.
Cloud security: If you’re using cloud-based platforms to store your data and/or important files, ensure you’re using a reputable supplier with in-built security tools - like Google Cloud or Dropbox. Learn more here.
Application security: If your business offers your product or services in an app, ensure you’re using an app from a trusted and reputable developer - as they will build in security measures during design and development. Learn more here.
Internet of Things security: Most commonly referred to as ‘IoT Security’, this cyber security category consists of any remote server your devices log into. For example, your laptop that you work from at cafes, airports, different offices; the printer you send a document to - even your Wi-Fi router that needs to be unplugged and reset occasionally. Threats come at any stage in the IoT journey, and experts recommend conducting a security risk assessment to identify vulnerabilities.
Tips for small businesses
- Adding multi-factor authentication (MFA) to your login - which requires two or more proofs of identity to grant access to a page
- Adopting passphrases instead of passwords - which a sentence-like string of words to grant access that can go up to 100 characters, rather than one word with up to 16 characters
- Ensuring your employees are trained by cybersecurity professionals to protect your business as much as possible
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