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New Guidelines for Small Business Cybersecurity

Small business owners who aren’t sure where to start securing their sensitive data and applications can now download a guide designed to help them jumpstart the process. Created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in collaboration with the Small Business Administration, Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals outlines six basic steps:

1. Manage cybersecurity risk by determining which information is most important to the business and therefore essential to protect.
2. Train staff with a short, convenient seminar on identifying phishing attacks and other suspicious email and reporting them to the company owner.
3. Stay up to date by installing updates and patches as soon as they come out.
4. Run regular data backups — far more often than monthly — and consider storing them offsite.
5. Look into cyber insurance, but have a cybersecurity program already in place, because your rates and coverage will depend on your existing cybersecurity posture.
6. Work with IT pros (like Xantrion) to set up and manage your computer network, because professional expertise costs far less than a breach that could destroy your business.
Download the guide and read it — it’s 54 pages. Or give us a call, we’ve read the guide and can help you implement its suggestions.