We’ve all experienced that sinking feeling in the pit of our stomach when we open a file we received via email, and everything on our computer goes haywire. On a best case scenario, you can do damage control; but it could be costly. On worst case scenario, your system was infected by malware and may the force be with you on that one.

There are several ways to utilize cyber security to protect your business. However, even with the most robust firewall, anti virus, and encryption, there might be blind spots within your own work team that you’ll need to address in order to maximize your protection.

Train Your Staff Properly

The most important component is to educate your staff. It takes one end user to compromise the entire security system. And if Murphy feels like visiting that day, the virus might even be sent inadvertently to clients. Not a good way to protect your brand.

In order to prevent such risks, make sure to establish a well-known process that won’t allow employees to send or receive data without first testing it on an isolated environment. Revise it and repeat it until it becomes second nature.

Set Up The Right Passwords

If you’re a Patriots fan, don’t pick TomBrady as your password (or better yet, reconsider your team). Nowadays, the recommendations on what constitutes a good password are so many, it’ll make you want to forget about everything and head for a Happy Hour. But don’t. First figure out a foolproof way of protecting your accounts; then go grab that Pabst Blue Ribbon. Just kidding. Get something good.

Have a Plan

If it turns out that an employee does open a malware file, they need to know what to do. Sitting at their desk, panicking, is not going to mitigate any damages. Calling the proper IT experts will.

The same way you can stop a wildfire from occurring by putting out embers after a campout, sometimes, the biggest damage can be prevented with a simple solution.

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