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Minimize Your Cybersecurity Risks

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a security warning to prevent and reduce any threats of disruptive cyber activities that could result from recent geopolitical turmoil. All organizations – regardless of size – are urged to take steps to minimize these risks, quickly detect potential intrusions, and maintain security. Small business owners, at a minimum, should do the following: 

  • Be more diligent in checking for unusual activities or performance issues on your devices and networks. This should include website traffic monitoring. 
  • Incorporate regular backups, if not already in place, and test a recent backup to ensure it works. 
  • Check anti-virus and all software (including any website plugins) for updates and patches. 
  • Incorporate a firewall or security monitoring software in your website and online stores. 
  • Use a password manager with complex passphrases (16+ characters with random numbers, letters, and symbols). 
  • Use multifactor authentication 
  • Turn on or incorporate virtual private networks (VPNs) when online. 
  • Familiarize yourself with your website/online store providers’ data breach policy to understand reporting procedures and liability guidelines if a breach occurs or your site becomes infected.  

Following these steps can drastically reduce your cybersecurity threats and improve your resilience if faced with a destructive cyber incident. For more details or resources to assist with preparations, please contact your local SBDC offices and use the links below: