Passwords – Patching – People: Three pillars of greatly reducing the risk of data / privacy breaches and ransomware attacks.
- Stop re-use (same password for different sites / same password for personal and work)
- ensure minimum complexity rules: simple passwords and patterns are easily guessed
- enable multi-factor authentication: many apps and services support it when enabled
- check haveibeenpwned to know when accounts for your business are compromised
- keep phone and computer operating systems
- don’t forget installed apps and application updates
- remind everyone about the first two Ps
- teach them about phishing
- incentivize them to be a partner in the security of the business
Reasons Small Business Owners/Operators Ignore Cyber Security
Business Owner: “My company is too small to be a target.”
Cyber Criminal: “I don’t care about your data; I’m going to use you to get to your customers.”
Reputation and litigation losses can easily cripple a business as would a ransomware attack.
Business Owner: It’s too complicated to deal with these risks – I don’t have those resources.
We Can Do That: You operate a business; you already have the skills required to manage basic cyber security.
The Three P Easy Recipe requires only basic communication and attention to detail.
Business Owner: It’s too expensive to deal with these risks – I don’t have budget for consultants.
We Can Do That: A bit of guidance at the equivalent cost of a few hand tools is smart return on investment.
Just a few hours of engagement would empower the business with a plan and basic governance.