Cybersecurity is important because it protects all categories of data from theft and damage. As a small business owner, we are all at risk from cybercriminals, hackers, and spammers who may steal our identity, data, computer, and email accounts, implementing security measures like the use of an endpoint security is a must.
Monitor your system for security threats: This means understanding the relationships between specific devices (e.g., desktops, laptops) and the rest of your network environment. This also includes information about who controls which devices and with whom. These relationships may or may not be known to you. Check any hardware, software, or administrative settings that have not been updated in the past. Assess any information security program that is running on your network. The risk of this being infected can affect every network user on your network. Implement any security controls necessary. Some of these will be less comprehensive than the other controls. Establish a new password for each of your systems. This may mean following some other process, such as creating a password generator on an online application (e.g., KeePass or LastPass), or doing it manually. Implement standard data security controls that have already been included in the security program. These can be anything from encryption to physical security. Learn about operating systems, operating systems-specific software, passwords, and protocols. These are the basics to ensure you have access to all relevant information when the need arises. Prioritize information security measures for your business. Determine which systems need to be upgraded first, because they have a higher impact on the network than other systems. Figure 3 shows how much access each category of information security controls will grant.