Top 5 Cybersecurity Tips for West Michigan Businesses

Our top five tips for your safety…

If you own or work for a small-to-medium sized business in West Michigan, you need to read this article.

It shows you our top 5 cybersecurity tips.

…and you’re going to want to understand what they are and why they’re important for your own peace of mind.

1. Invest in Cyber Insurance

  • Cyber insurance is vital for reducing the financial impact of cyber attacks
  • It covers expenses like legal fees, notification costs, and damages to third parties resulting from data breaches
  • Small businesses can transfer some risk to the insurance provider by investing in cyber insurance
  • This provides peace of mind and financial protection in case of a breach

2. Implement Immutable Backups

  • Data backup is crucial, but having backups alone might not be enough against advanced cyber threats
  • We suggest using immutable backups, stored on a computer inaccessible via the network (we refer to this as “air-gapped”)
  • This ensures that if your network is compromised, your backups stay secure and intact
  • It’s essential to store backups in multiple locations, including local and cloud storage, for redundancy and accessibility during emergencies

3. Prioritize Cybersecurity Training and Awareness

  • Employees are a major vulnerability in organizations
  • Human errors like clicking on malicious (bad) links or falling for phishing scams can lead to cyber attacks
  • To reduce this risk, we stress the importance of cybersecurity training for all employees
  • Training educates staff about common threats, data security best practices, and recognizing suspicious activity
  • Empowering employees turns them into the first line of defense

4. Implement Vulnerability Scanning and Management

  • Regular vulnerability scans are crucial for finding weaknesses in network and software
  • However, scanning alone isn’t sufficient
  • Implement a comprehensive vulnerability management system (we can help!)
  • Go beyond identification to proactive management and resolution
  • Continuous monitoring and addressing vulnerabilities help stay ahead of cyber threats
  • Prevent potential breaches before they happen

5. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA) enhances account security by requiring users to verify their identity using multiple methods
  • Verification methods include passwords, fingerprints, or one-time codes sent to mobile devices
  • Enabling MFA can greatly decrease the risk of unauthorized access, even if login details are compromised
  • We recommend that West Michigan businesses implement MFA, particularly for critical systems and sensitive accounts