by Matt Alderton | January 10, 2018
A 2016 report by IT security firm Keeper Security found that 50 percent of small businesses have been hit by a cyberattack in the last 12 months, and that only 14 percent rate their ability to mitigate cyber risks, vulnerabilities, and attacks as "highly effective."
Clearly, protecting their business from cyber criminals should be a major priority for small businesses this year, according to contributor Mike Kappel.

"Small businesses are appealing to hackers," he says. "Small businesses typically have a moderate amount of data with minimal security. Hackers can use the stolen information to steal from many others."

If you want to protect your business, you should start with your employees, according to Kappel.

"Have employees create strong, unique passwords for each account. They should have a password for every desktop and mobile device they use, along with strong passwords for business accounts," he advises. "Whenever you can, have your employees set up two-factor authentication. This requires a two-step sign-in process that adds another layer of security to accounts. Employees will need access to another device or code to complete the sign-in process."

Wi-Fi is another obvious focus area. "Your business's Wi-Fi can be an easy way to access data. Secure your Wi-Fi so only employees can access it. If possible, set up the Wi-Fi in a way that prevents employees from knowing the password," Kappel says. "If you want an open Wi-Fi for customers to use, set up a separate network. Guests should not have the same Wi-Fi access as employees. This will help prevent unwanted people from joining the business Wi-Fi and accessing files."

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