New Year's Resolutions for 2019

Keep your business safe in the New Year by considering these cybersecurity tips and best practices.

The holidays are wrapping up and 2018 is coming to an end! If you’re like me, you wonder where the year went! There are some highs and lows from the year and after reflecting back, I start honing in on the New Year's resolutions that I want to achieve.

As another year of growth is ending, I hope that if you own a business, you consider making the adjustments needed so that you can worry less about your data security and focus on the resolutions you have for yourself. To do so, you have to trust the people that you work with and vendors as well as have everything in place to help keep your business protected.

Beyond just your individual resolutions, here are some to consider for your business:

Ensure your data is backed up.

This is one of the easiest things to do but is often overlooked. Many individuals think that doing a local backup is good but the main idea is to have a safe second backup somewhere else. Instead of trusting a different local device or even a USB, you may want to use a backup solution like Jungle Disk.

Change your passwords.

Many company employees use the same password for multiple sites. The problem here is that if a hacker gets access to one site, they essentially have access to all. A password manager such as TeamPassword will help manage your logins and passwords.

Enable 2-factor authentication.

It’s always best to add another layer of security where you can. If you have the opportunity to use this, I would strongly suggest it. You will get notified if someone is trying to get access to your accounts. Something similar to this is having a security key. I personally prefer using this form of 2-factor authentication above SMS messages.

Do not entrust just one person for your cloud security management.

Many companies make the mistake of having just one person manage all the cloud security for their organization. It is best to have at least 3 people that have access to make changes if someone is either out of the office that needs to make the change or if that individual is no longer with the company. If someone leaves the company, you would want to revoke any access immediately.

Properly dispose of electronics.

At your business, hopefully, you keep your devices up-to-date. Some organizations get new technology frequently as well. Whether you are upgrading your PC from 2000 to a new computer or cycling your hardware every 6 months, it is best to make sure you have all the data erased from that device. It could be a computer, phone, tablet or beeper (ok, I only threw that last one in there to see if you’ve read this far). Make sure all sensitive data is removed and if you have backups, no need to worry about accidentally getting rid of something you may need.

Avoid sharing sensitive information when on public Wi-Fi.

If you’re at the coffee shop and need to get something to someone via email right away, you likely pull out your computer and connect to the Wi-Fi to send it. Many hackers will set up hotspots and can make it easy for them to intercept your transactions.

These are just a few things to consider for your business’s New Year’s resolutions. Doing the above and having cybersecurity awareness training for your organization on how to recognize certain things can help keep your critical data safe.

I hope that this has been an excellent year for you and your business will continue to be successful in 2019!  

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