1.Unify your branding and marketing efforts.
In today’s connected world, there are many channels through which businesses reach their audience. It’s critical to ensure your brand and marketing efforts are unified and coherent across these channels while remaining optimized to each specific platform. Disjointed marketing efforts, or those that focus heavily on one channel while neglecting others, will ultimately discredit your message.
2. Increase your legal and regulatory awareness.
Regulation is often the bane of a small business’s existence, but that doesn’t make staying on top of all the changes in the legal landscape any less important. Although it can be a pain to research all the regulation that may or may not pertain to your specific business, the good news is that we can help with this!
Whether it’s existing laws on the books or pending legislation, knowing the rules and how they might be changing is key to making smart decisions. This is where we step in and make sure we advise compliant practices and equipment.
3. Educate all employees
Employees often wear many hats at SMBs, making it essential that all employees accessing the network be trained on your company’s network cyber security best practices and security policies.
Since the policies are evolving as cybercriminals become savvier, it’s essential to have regular updates and refresh protocols. To hold employees accountable, have each employee sign a document stating that they have been informed of the policies and understand that actions may be taken if they do not follow security policies.
Don’t have an “Acceptable Technology Usage Agreement” in place? No Problem! Let us know and we will get one to you so that your employees are all on the same page.
4. Enforce safe password practices
Yes, employees find changing passwords to be a pain. However, the number one way that data is compromised is through lost/stolen passwords. Slowly, as multifactor login becomes more normal for all businesses, making up new passwords will become less of an issue. In the meantime, it is best to change all your business/employee passwords every 90 days on average.
5. Use multifactor identification
Regardless of your preparation, an employee will likely make a security mistake that can compromise your data. The solution here is for ALL businesses to begin using multi-factor login for any business application that allows it (and ideally switching over to platforms that do allow it if you are currently using applications without strict password guidelines). In our opinion, any business software company that doesn’t take security seriously, probably isn’t keeping your data that safe either.
Multi-factor requires both a password and a one-time use pin number from a device in the employees’ possession. This reduces the chance of passwords and company data falling into the wrong hands to almost non-existent.
6. Outside Vendor or In-House Staff?
A big step for small business owners with IT is determining how much you can do on your own and whether you need help from an outside vendor.
Bringing on our MSP to handle your technology allows you to continue doing what you love the most (running your business!!) and allows us to do what we are experts at! It’s kind of like having a full time IT professional on staff without the expense of a full time technology employee. Let us take technology off your plate and give you a resource for handling problems when they arise. We are always just a support email away and can help you 24/7.