One of the top things on the minds of today’s business leaders, board members and IT staff is the risk of what a cybersecurity event might bring to the business. We have more and more business leaders asking the question:How do we protect ourselves?
Business disruption, loss of revenue, loss of information and fear of public disclosure alongside changing public disclosure laws are all reasons why businesses are paying attention to cybersecurity.
And one of the difficult things about cybersecurity is that what needs to be done in what order is going to be different for every business. But it got me thinking about what could be done to help these business owners who are looking for an entry point into keeping their businesses safe from cybercriminals.
IT Security Best Practices
I started putting together a list of IT security best practices that would be of benefit to any business owner, regardless of size. It used to be that cybercriminals mainly went after larger companies, but that is no longer the case. Now, small and medium-sized businesses are the most likely target of these efforts. Why? Because cybercriminals know small and medium-sized companies are less likely to have multiple layers of security.
As a way to help businesses of any shape and size, I turned my list of best practices into a checklist for others to use. It’s a list of 21 things owners and key stakeholders can do to benefit their businesses across the board. If the things on this checklist aren't being done within your company, I strongly urge you to change that.
IT Security Checklist
Use this checklist for your own business, and share it with any other business owner, key stakeholder or IT department head in your network. This free checklist is downloadable and printer-friendly. To access your copy, click below: