1) Isolate sensitive data
Isolate sensitive data by keeping them on fewest number of computers or servers, and make sure you keep it away from the rest of your data and network. "The fewer copies of data you have, the easier it is to protect," said Jon Heimerl, the director of strategic security for Solutionary, a security services company that helps companies of all sizes design and manage better security programs and detect and prevent security events.
2) In-house threat
Most of these these comes from within, its easier for someone who knows how your system works to hack into it. To tackel this, once in a while you will need to conduct a background check on all your employees, and for the ones yet to be employed, make sure you ask for two refrences from previous employer and make sure you call them and train your employees on security primciples and the use of strong passwords for security purposes.
3) Deal with changing threats
It can be hard to stay up-to-date with and respond to ever-evolving IT security threats. Regular, scheduled vulnerability scanning on your computers can help ensure you deal with new threats before they affect your company. The same software can often instantly fix problems, isolate security threats before they cause harm, and may make patching and plugging security holes simpler.
4) Always update your anti-virus and anti-spy ware software
Its not just enough to have anti-virus and anti-spy ware software, make sure they have the latest versions or the latest updates by updating them once in a while. Most small businesses have anti-virus and anti-spy ware software in place, but they forget or maybe dont see the need to update them, this can open them up to all sorts security threats.
5) Have Backups in Place
Regularly backup data on all computers at least weekly. Store information offsite or in the cloud, which is becoming increasingly popular with businesses. The most critical data includes human resources files, accounts payable, and other financial files.
6) Download applications only from reliable sources
Most of the applications contains spy wares, viruses, trojan horses and several other threats, and it will be in your own interest to make sure you are downloading from a secure source, also let your employees know bout this
7) Encrypt sensitive data.
Assume cyber thieves will hack into your business system. These type of thieves can expertly determine your system’s weaknesses. Protect information, computers and networks with firewall software that is updated and tested on a regular basis. Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system can be the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats. Ensure work-from-home employees are also protected by a firewal