The numbers of cyber and/or virus attacks Small Businesses encounter year after year are increasing. As technology continues to advance and become more sophisticated so do the more vectors of attack that are available. Every Small Business should follow at a minimum the basics of IT Security, even if there are only a few employees or computers. Even the smallest amount of down time because of virus encounters and other security related issues can impact productivity. Stopping these threats before they can get in is the key. Here are a few steps you can take no matter the size of your Small Business in effort to reduce issues and ensure your employees remain productive:

  1. Email filtering – Over 90% of email on the network today is SPAM, most of which contains viruses or links to malicious websites. A good SPAM filtering solution will catch and stop any inbound threat via email.
  2. Anti-Virus Software – Anti-Virus Software is a must for every computer. This basic IT Security need provides each workstation with daily scans, identification and removal of malicious software and more.
  3. Firewall – Firewalls in today’s day and age are a set and forget type device. Most come with out-of-the-box settings that can be configured to insure only the connections you permit on the network are allowed.
  4. Updates – Updating your workstation Operating System (Windows, Mac, etc.) and applications regularly and address any common issues the vendor has identified in their software. Updates should be configured to install automatically.
  5. Backup – Backups are more of a redundancy than an IT Security measure but can insure that in the event the first steps do not prevent the occurrence of a virus encounter, having an external/detached/remote backup of your employee data will allow you to rebuild any needed data to get your business back up and running again.