8 Tips to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Breaches


Here are 8 important ways small businesses can protect against cyber breaches.

1. Conduct Cybersecurity Training: Regularly train and test staff on best practices and controls.

2. Review Policies and Procedures: Annually revisit and update to identify roles, responsibilities, and organizational accountability.

3. Update System Configurations: Follow vendor and expert recommendations, including structured protocols to patch vulnerabilities.

4. Direct Annual Risk Assessments: Risk assessments put cyber risks in economic terms so mitigation techniques can be calibrated and reviewed by executive management.

5. Perform Post-breach Assessments: Post-breach findings offer valuable insights and should be communicated to management and departments.

6. Evaluate In-house Capabilities: Annually assess—and consider retaining outsourced, managed service providers—to augment existing cybersecurity staff as needed.

7. Identify Information Sharing Opportunities: Participate in formal and informal information sharing opportunities that support your specific needs.

8. Establish Regular Briefings: Coordinate briefings for appropriate levels of management and implement a process to ensure feedback.

There is nothing “small” about protecting your business’ cyber security.